While Tennessee isn’t located in the cold northern states, it’s not nestled in the deep south either. The great state of Tennessee — home to country music — is situated in the sweet spot of America — located in an area where you can experience all four seasons without getting all that nasty snow or the incredibly humid heat of the south. However, with the good can come some bad and that’s where you may find the need for a new roof.
Ice and Your Roof
One of the weather issues you may find in this area of the country is ice. While Tennessee doesn’t see a ton of snow, there are still cold temps that will freeze precipitation and that’s nothing you want for your roof.
Ice dams are a sign of poor insulation in your home. Ice dams are typically caused by melting snow on your roof or any water runoff that freezes. With poor insulation, the heat escaping from your home will keep your roof warm, allowing water flow, but once that flow gets to the edge of your roof and hits air temps below 32 degrees, it freezes. As this continues to occur, the “ice dam” gets bigger and bigger until eventually, the water has nowhere to go but back into your home. If your house is insulated and your new roof is installed properly, you should never see ice dams.
Piggybacking off of ice dams are icicles. Yes, these little wonders can be whimsical and charming, but they are actually another sign you may need a new roof. Sometimes an after effect of ice dams, icicles are formed by water dripping down your roof and freezing upon itself, causing the leak to form points. The drip of water slowly moves down, then freezes, adding more and more length and weight to the icicles. Icicles are dangerous in two ways. One, they could fall onto someone below and two, as with ice dams, they can cause water to back up into your home. Additionally, they may add unwanted weight upon the edges of your roof and gutter system, and they can even cause mold to grow on the roof itself.
What’s all this on my roof?
With all of the beautiful weather Tennessee experiences, there also comes branches, leaves, dirt, you name it. A storm, or even just a windy day, can blow debris onto your roof. If these things are left up there, your new roof can age pretty quickly. Branches can take off shingles in the right (or wrong) conditions. If leaves are left to sit when they are wet, they will eventually cause mold, or possibly even rot. Any of these effects will rapidly deteriorate your roof. It is suggested you check out your roof biannually, in the spring and fall for example, and after any storm.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your roof so if anything does occur, it can be fixed immediately, preventing further damage to your home. If you notice any ice buildup or water damage to your home, or if rogue debris gave your roof a beating, contact us and we’ll be happy to take a look for you.