Winter Elements & Your Roof
Winter weather will typically affect your roof more than any other part of your house. There are a few different elements that come with winter and each tends to damage your roofing in different ways. We will look at the effects of snow, ice, hail, water, and wind damage, what to look for and who to call.
Snow, Ice & Water
These three somewhat work together as a team, all with a goal: to damage your roof. While we haven’t had a ton of snow this winter, what we did get, definitely could have done some damage. In heavier snows, the weight can become too much for your roof to hold and exceed the load-bearing capacity. While it may not immediately result in a collapsed roof, any cracks above windows or doors or a bowed ceiling could mean its on its way there. Problems from ice may be a little more common. Ice can build up in the eaves, eventually creating an ice dam. When this happens, it prevents water and snowmelt from finding a way to run off of your roof. When water gets backed up behind the ice dam, it will freeze and thaw, creating leakage points and causing further damage to pre-existing leakage prone areas. This could affect your ceilings, drywall, floors etc.
While we got lucky this year to not have experienced much hail this year, it could still happen. Having a professional to come check your roof after hail is very important. Hail can leave impressions in your shingles, which weakens them and could possibly give water the opportunity to get under your shingles. Any dents or impressions in your shingles will shorten their lifespan.
Wind storms can happen a lot in the winter season, or even early spring. Strong winds can loosen, tear, or break off shingles. Your roof’s ridges and rakes are exposed more to the wind streams and could receive more damage than any other part of your roofing, and the flashing could be loosened, raised up or even ripped off by the wind.
The elements of winter can be hard on your roof. Check your roofing by checking for missing or loose material, check for evidence of ice dams along the eaves of your roof & check for any leaks or cracks around your house. To find services in your area, Click Here.