When the temperatures start getting warmer and the snow begins to thaw, it means that it’s time to pay some attention to your roof.
Frigid winters can be tough on shingles and other roofing components. Year after year, the roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. see the damage that winter weather has left behind. It is important for homeowners to be aware of these problems as well.
Common Causes of Winter Roof Damage
Strong winds during winter snowstorms can lift shingles away from the roof and even tear them completely off. Snow and ice can also cause significant roof damage. Though a roof is designed to hold quite a lot of weight, too much snow will cause structural damage if it is allowed to accumulate. A more common problem occurs when the heat escaping from the attic causes the snow to melt and refreeze again along the roof’s eaves, blocking subsequent melting snow from draining properly. This is known as an ice damn.
A newer roof can certainly withstand several harsh winters, especially if installed by trusted Edmonton and Sherwood Park roofing contractors, but winter weather will eventually take its toll.
How to Spot Signs of Winter Roof Damage
The best way to check your roof after winter is to perform a visual inspection from the ground. A pair of binoculars can really help. Some of the most common signs of winter roof damage to look out for in the spring include:
- Shingles that are curled, cracked, buckled, or blistering
- Missing shingles
- Asphalt granules in your downspouts
- Damaged flashing
- Damaged gutters
- Cracked chimney masonry
- Moss or lichen growth
- Sagging roof deck
What Should I Do About Winter Roof Damage?
Even small shingle cracks will allow water to infiltrate your roof. Catching and fixing problems early will help you avoid far more costly repairs and destructive roof leaks. If your roof has suffered damage over the winter season, then it is important to get it fixed up before Edmonton’s heavy spring rains and summer thunderstorms arrive. This is especially true if your roof is getting on in years and more likely to have areas of wear and tear.
To learn more about preventing roof damages from Edmonton spring storms, click here.
Prepare for Spring with the Help of Experienced Edmonton Roofers
Clark Roofing & Siding LP. is one of the most experienced roofing companies in Edmonton. We have been helping homeowners prepare their homes for spring after harsh Edmonton winters for over 70 years. We provide comprehensive residential roofing services, including roof maintenance and repair. If winter left your roof looking worse for wear, you can trust our fully licensed and insured Edmonton roofing contractors to get it fixed right up.