How Snow and Ice Impact Your Roof

by | Jan 16, 2023 | Blog, Little Rock, Roof Repair, Roofing

It’s that time of year where snow and ice can become a frequent occurrence for Little Rock residents. As much as we may love cold weather, it can be a burden to your roof. Snow and ice damage can cause serious issues in your roof system, so Hostetler Roofing has put together a few things to look out for this winter.

Freeze and Thaw

When snow and ice pile onto your roof, the weight can cause cracks. When said snow and ice melts, the water can seep into these cracks and into your home. This can also cause these cracks to become more prominent, leading to major water damage. However, if the ice stays frozen and doesn’t melt, the cracks can expand and eventually cause your shingles to move. 

Ice Dams

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Too much ice on your roof can cause ice dams. Ice dams are formed when the ice melts and flows down your roof. Water can get trapped at the edge and freeze again. This can cause gutter damage, and can even tear flashing off of your roof. If you notice ice dams on your roof, call a Pulaski County roofing professional to assess any damage that may be caused by this. 


When something puts pressure on your roof, it experiences stress. If you’ve ever seen snow weigh down a tarp or tent, you understand the picture we’re painting here. The heavy gravitational pull of snow accumulation is one of the most common impacts that snow and ice can have on your roof. The added weight can cause your roof to sag, leading to more snow (and eventually water) buildup. If left untreated, your roof could eventually collapse. 


Many people associate leaks with the rainy spring/summer months, but did you know that snow is actually one of the leading causes in roof leaks? Snow can find its way beneath your shingles and melt, working its way into the cracks of your roof. When this happens, the water can soak decking, insulation, walls, ceilings, and can even lead to major water damage and mold. 

There are many indicators that the snow and ice may damage your roof, but don’t worry: Hostetler Roofing gives free inspections, and we service the Little Rock area. If your roof shows any of the signs above this winter, call us today.