You’ve heard the phrase before, “Winter is coming.” Well, here in Tennessee, winter has arrived. Granted, Nashville doesn’t usually get more than one foot of snow accumulation annually, but the ice can be dangerous.

For most homeowners, they want to spend as little time outside as possible. But as they settle into their evening routine of a hot chocolate and favorite television show, they see their neighbor carrying a ladder across the yard. Upon further observation, the neighbor leans the ladder against the wall and climbs up onto her roof, shovel in hand.

As a homeowner, you may see this and wonder, “Should I be clearing my roof, as well?” The warm hot chocolate held between your hands begs for you to hold it longer, but you can’t seem to get the thought out of your mind: “what if the snow collapses my roof?”

You could blame your histrionic visions of a few inches of snow caving in your roof on your frequent watching of dramatic TV shows, but you’re not wrong to ask the question. Instead of putting yourself or your spouse in danger, Sparks Roofing is here to explain the dangers of ice on your roof — and why to stay off your roof until the warm Tennessee sun melts it.

Stay Off Your Roof

Winter Roofing Dangers

Two big concerns exist for homeowners and their roofs during winter. The first is snow accumulation. Your roof is engineered to carry a certain amount of weight per square foot. Snow accumulation may test the integrity of your roof, if the snow is heavy enough. One benefit to snow accumulation, however, is that it helps insulate your home, adding another layer between your roof and the frigid temperatures outdoors. Nonetheless, if you’re concerned about snow accumulation, call a professional to clear it.

The second major concern for roofs in winter is an ice dam. As snow melts, it will run off the roof. If the snow has accumulated enough, the water will freeze into ice. You want to make sure that your attic insulation and roof integrity is up to par before you worry about ice, but if you’re in the middle of winter reading this article, you may need to call someone to remove the ice and snow from your roof.

Finally, you may be a DIY homeowner. At Sparks Roofing, we encourage you to get things done your way. However, we take your safety seriously. An icey or snow-covered roof puts you at risk, and clearing the roof should be left to the professionals.

Roof Inspection And Repair

If you’re concerned that your roof has been damaged due to winter weather, it’s time to call in the professionals. At Sparks Roofing, we’ve been serving the Nashville community for more than 40 years. It’s no surprise that when homeowners call us, we deliver on our promise — to get the job done right the first time. Remember, we’re a call away from scheduling your roof inspection and estimate to repair it.