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Protecting roofs from snow, ice damage

Posted at 9:04 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 23:16:30-05

TULSA, Okla. — Snow is blanketing yards and homes across Green Country. While it’s pretty to look at, it can cause many problems.

Mike Wisdom has owned Wisdom Roofing for more than 20 years. He says the snow can be especially problematic for houses and roofs.

“This house right here to our left, it has a skylight on it and if the snow gets very deep, we’ve seen those back up and leak around those also sometimes when they start melting the snow," Wisdom said.

Wisdom also says homeowners need to check their gutters, which when not working properly, can damage homes.

“They start getting full of water and ice and stuff on days like this and they can also cause the roof to back up and leak inside of a house," he said.

Wisdom says it’s been a long time since homes in this area have seen this amount of snow. Any roof with three to 10 inches of snow is at a higher risk of being damaged. He also says to look out for what he calls an ice dam.

“As it starts thawing it refreezes during the night," he said. "And the next day when it thaws out again it’ll start melting and running back behind the shingles and up underneath the shingles.”

Wisdom and his crew will be out clearing snow off roofs for the next couple of days. He says if any of these issues cause damage to a home, it could cost the homeowner.

“It can run into the thousands if it gets into the house, it gets into the walls and if they’ve got wood floors and stuff like that," Wisdom said. "It can run underneath the wood floors. It can ruin those. It can ruin walls, insulation, it can cause mold, mildew, things like that inside the house also.”

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