How Winter Weather Affects Your Roof
Most homeowners can expect to experience roof damage at any time of the year, however, the winter months can be particularly harsh on your roof. With the spring season rapidly approaching, now would be a great time to start inspecting your roof and addressing any issues that the presence of snow and ice may have caused. In many cases, the winter weather will not cause new damage to your roof, but, it might worsen existing or even unknown problems. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common ways the winter weather can damage your roof.
Freezing rain can be very detrimental to your roof and can become particularly problematic if the ice builds up in your gutter preventing water from draining properly from your roof. If you live in an area that faces heavy rain, you may also experience extensive water damage as even a few inches of water can cause interior home damage as it will affect the electrical wiring and cause mold to grow inside your home. Flat roofs, especially are susceptible to water damage, so a best practice would be to make sure your roof is properly ventilated. If any minor holes or leaks still exist, you should look to fix that immediately to prevent water from entering at those points.
Snow damage can be particularly harmful to homes with flat roofs due to the design where snow cannot easily fall down the sides. Now, while snow may melt pretty quickly due to the heat coming from your home, it can still enter through the cracks in your roof if you have more snow than your gutters can handle. If you have an older roof, the heavy snow can lead to structural damage or a complete cave-in and if you also have damaged or missing shingles, or poor sealing around the chimney, melting snow can then seep through and reveal devastating leaks. If you want to prevent snow damage to your roof, you should look to clear the snow using a roof rake.
It is not uncommon to experience some kind of wind damage during the winter. The stronger winter winds have a tendency to damage your roof by loosening the shingles and then blowing them off the roof. If your shingles or any other pieces of the roof have been loosened or affected by a storm, you will want to replace them immediately in order to preserve the integrity of the roof and avoid further damage such as trapped water or leaks. Another best practice would be to trim all the tree limbs close to the roof before they get become heavy-laden with ice and snow as the strong winds can bring them crashing down onto your roof.
With the spring season approaching, now is the time to start checking for any damage the winter may have caused to your roof. For further assistance, you can also reach out to Greene Roofing at (718) 941-1111 and we will be happy to get your roof ready for the spring!