Winter is the time of year to play in the snow or curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Winter storms can create havoc on roof tops, causing extensive long term damage. The mix of rain, snow, sleet, and ice is a dangerous combination.
Icicles hanging from the eves are an indicator of freezing conditions. Ice dams are formed when melted snow around gutters and crevices freezes. This blocks drainage areas, and when the temperatures drop below freezing, seals can break creating leaks.
Repeated freezing and melting can cause cracking on the surface of the roof and the under layers.
Watching the snow fall is a great past time but homeowners should to look beyond that and really take notice of the roof. After a storm, they need to check for obvious signs of problems such as tree branches on the roof, gutters that have detached from the home, loose shingles, and leaks.
If possible, get on the roof and look to make sure that it is draining properly and that there are no problems. Walking on the roof is good way to check for sunken spots or soggy soft areas. Also check inside the home to see if there are any leaks that could be linked to a damaged roof. This could manifest itself in the form of dark spots or discoloration on the ceiling.
When moisture is left unattended, mold and mildew can grow costing the homeowner thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Contact an Expert
If everything looks good after the inspection, then breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of the day. If there were signs of damage, then it is time to call in a professional.
We are trained to assess the damage and offer solutions. As the experts, we can perform a scan to find hidden pockets of moisture.
If repairs are required, we will give a free estimate of the cost and how long it will take for the job to be completed.
It is recommended that roofs be checked on a yearly basis to keep them in tip top shape.