Ice brings with it a different set of issues, some very hazardous to your home. As winter comes to be upon us, there will be more weather reports concerning snow. And depending on temperature, wrapped into snowstorms there are concerns for sleet, freezing rain or ice. When you can hear the snow, it is no longer snow. While sleet is made up of pellets that will bounce off a surface, freezing rain will form a solid sheet of ice, making it the more dangerous of the two.
Effects of ice on your home:
- Yes, icicles look pretty dangling from your home. The weight of these ice formations can rip the gutters off your house! As well as damage your shingles. So, remember to clear off the icicles and check your shingles after a storm.
- Ice can freeze and melt and refreeze several times during the cold weather, depending on temperature and how warm your roof gets. This can damage your drywall and plaster, as well as seepage into your attic causing water-stained ceilings.
- Ice dams occur when your gutters get overwhelmed with ice. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
- Ice forming on your roof can cause serious problems. A roof collapse can happen when a roof cannot bear the weight of ice and snow.
- The bricks of the chimney expand and contract during daily winter temperature fluctuations. And water can get underneath the chimney flashing. Water gets behind the mortar and flashing causing it to freeze, which leads it to fail after the inevitable thaw.
The roof is not the only cause for concern regarding ice hazard issues. Ice can damage your foundation due to the frost heave cycle: when the ground freezes and then ultimately melts again. The frost heave cycle can result in the soil shifting and moving under your home’s concrete foundation, causing cracks and other damage. While trees are great for shade in the summer, ice covered limbs can easily prove a hazard not only to power lines but to possible damage if a large limb falls on your home or siding.
After assessing the damages, you want to talk to a company that knows how to make your home whole. You want a company that knows how to talk to your insurance company about reconstruction services as well as a company that will listen to YOU for how you want the remodel to go. Green Restoration and Reconstruction is the company for you. They have years of experience in remodeling and expertise in dealing with the parameters of what is your insurance and staying within budget.
Being prepared for the worst is being proactive against it. Having the right insurance coverage and the right team to assist in making things right again is peace of mind worth having. Green Reconstruction and Remodeling is the right company for your family to make the worst of times better.