How Snow and Ice Impact a Roof

Although it’s melted now, you never know when the Middle Tennessee weather’s going to turn back around and surprise us all with another snow (and ice) storm. Even though these days are infrequent, when they do show up, they seem to throw us for a loop. Not to mention the winter weather doesn’t affect only us. Are you aware of the impact that snow and ice can have on a roof? Below are a few signs to look out for during and after a winter storm.

Additional Weight

Luckily, we don’t have to worry about this so much in Tennessee, but a large amount of snow at once can be a heavy weight to bear for a roof. If there are weaker areas of a roof, or if the wind blows the snow leading to an uneven distribution, your roof could soon be facing problems. This is especially problematic when snowfall is wet and heavy.


This is one of the most telling and noticeable signs that your roof has been damaged. Leaks often occur when melting snow has nowhere to go; and it has nowhere to go when your gutters have frozen, creating ice dams. A way to prevent ice dams is to make sure your gutters are clean before the winter weather hits and to clear snow (if there are multiple inches) off of your roof before it starts to melt. Always contact a professional to take care of this for you.

Strange Noises

Buildings tend to have their unique ways of “speaking.” That being said, any popping and cracking noises that are out of the ordinary could be a sign that a winter storm has caused damaged to the roof over your head. If these loud noises are persistent, contact a roofing professional to take a look, as they’ll be able to recognize any damage that happened as a result of the weather.

Schedule a Roof Inspection Today

Because of how susceptible your roof is to the elements, especially after the winter season, it’s important that you schedule a roof inspection to make sure that it’s prepared for the coming months. Getting your roof inspected biannually can ensure it will be in good shape for years to come. Contact All Roofing, Siding & Gutters in Murfreesboro, TN to schedule an inspection today.

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