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effects of snow on your roof

This past week had … dare I say it … “unprecedented” winter weather. It seems as if we have had to use the word “unprecedented” for pretty much everything that has happened this past year. Although we could all use just some plain, old non-precedented times, no one can argue with that crazy winter weather felt over approximately 75% of the country.

My goodness, my aunt that lives near Galveston, Texas even had snow! Here in Arkansas, we received more snow than I have seen in years. With that being said, what kind of effects does the heavy snow have on your roof?

Overall, your roof should be built to withstand snow. However, if you live in an area that regularly gets two feet or more resulting in fresh snow accumulating on top of old snow, it can get quite heavy. Generally speaking, most roofs don’t max out until the snow reaches 20 pounds per square foot, which is roughly two feet of wet snow or up to four feet of light, fluffy snow. Fortunately, the Arkansas and Oklahoma area doesn’t typically see continuous snow that can cause build-up issues, but it is always a good idea to have your roof inspected to make sure there are no weaknesses or bad spots. It is recommended that you do this before the harsh weather hits, but it’s never too late. A qualified contractor can spot leaks and structural problems, warn you of risks, and repair damage.

Mel Harris Company is here for all your roofing needs. They have been taking care of roofs and home improvements since 1962 with only the highest quality roofing products and experienced, professional roofing techniques. Call today, 1.800.NEW.ROOF, to schedule your free estimate and to learn about all the fantastic financing options.

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