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Minimize the Effects of Heavy Snow Load on Norfolk Roofing Systems


Winter has set foot earlier than expected in Norfolk, Virginia. In the second week of November, reports that locals felt the presence of Old Man Winter. However, the conditions were easily manageable as it only involved some rain showers and snowflakes.

Cold winter weather is descending on many parts of the country, including Hampton Roads. While some areas are getting snow, we’re expecting rain showers and just a few flakes in the mix today.

“Cold air aloft will provide the opportunity for some areas of mixed precipitation from late afternoon into the early evening. The ground is still relatively warm, so anything that falls should melt quickly,” says 13News Now Meteorologist Craig Moeller.

Afternoon temperatures will fall through the lower 40s and into the upper 30s this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow in the Baltimore/Washington DC area until 7:00 p.m.

It will most probably be a different situation in the days ahead especially since U.S. winter reaches its peak come January until February. For this reason, Norfolk locals should be especially concerned about the days where heavy snowfall begins to be the norm instead of the small flurry of snow in November. Although Norfolk roofing systems are designed to handle a significant amount of snow, roofs that are installed and maintained properly can stand snow load that exceeds the anticipated weight. Unfortunately, not all roofs are created equal, and in some cases, excessive snowfall can threaten the structural integrity in other roofs, or worse, lead to a roof collapse.

Hiring trusted roofers in Norfolk can help locals prepare their roofs better for peak winter conditions. Aged and problematic roofs are more vulnerable to the effects of heavy snow load than well-maintained roofs. In this regard, it will be wise to have roofers do the necessary repairs before the onslaught of heavy winter storms. Heavy snow load only magnify problems like cracked, warped, or missing shingles, unsecured seams and decayed flashings, and excessive surface granules in the gutters or downspouts. It is only fitting to have these problems repaired in time to prevent further deterioration.

There is no surefire way to snow-proof roofs. However, locals can have their roofs more ready for more snow load than expected and minimize its effects. They simply have to hire skillful roofing contractors like the ones from The Roofing and Remodeling Company to ensure their roof’s structural integrity by performing the needed repairs.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Winter makes a quick stop in Hampton Roads, WVEC 13 News, Published November 12, 2013)

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