Winter in Missouri can be brutal, as we all saw from this past February. Although the snow can be beautiful at times, there are sub-zero temperatures and heavy accumulations that come along with it. These factors can cause a variety of problems for Missouri pole buildings.
With each winter season there are potential risks and concerns for owners of Missouri pole buildings. Heavy snow loads, high winds, and keeping the building warm enough for livestock are just a few. One other concern for building owners is the formation of ice dams.
The Causes of Ice Dams
Ice dams primarily originate from snow accumulation and not by sleet, freezing rain, or an ice storm. When snow sits on the roof of a pole building in Missouri it can potentially melt if the area just underneath the roof is heated. The melted snow runs down to the eaves (the part of the roof that overhangs or meets the building’s walls). Eaves are not typically heated, so if the outside temperature is below freezing, the melted snow refreezes near the eaves and forms an ice dam.
Ice dams can become large enough that the eaves and gutters might not be strong enough to support the weight. A large ice dam can create extensive damage to the eaves and cause the gutters of Missouri farm buildings to loosen or in extreme cases be completely ripped off the structure.
Preventing Ice Dams
To ensure that your pole building in Missouri is structurally sound, contact our team at Central Structures to design and construct your building. Our experts will guarantee a leveled, sturdy building, which will significantly decrease the risk of an ice dam forming on your building.
Once your building is constructed, be sure there is adequate insulation throughout your Missouri garage hobby shop. Areas that are not adequately insulated will be at a higher risk of ice dam formation which could lead to leaks or other serious building damage.
The Benefits of a Metal Roof for Ice Dam Prevention
Our custom post frame builders in Missouri prefer metal roofs for our builds. Metal roofs have less friction than other materials, which causes snow to easily slide off and keeps snow accumulation on the roof to a minimum.
If you are researching different types of Missouri farm buildings to add to your property, let Central Structures help you design the shop or barn that you have always dreamed of. Whether your building is for storage, farm use, or hosting events, Central Structures specializes in various Missouri pole buildings, and we would love to work with you on your next big project.
To get started call us today at (417) 988-8836.