4 Common Types of Winter Roof Damage
With the first snow of the year out of the way, ask yourself, is my roof ready for more? Because, no matter if your roof is decades old or if it was recently replaced, winter snow can affect the roof of a home to a certain degree, especially if you live in the North-East part of the country, where we experience harsh wintry climates with below-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Winter is one of the harshest times of the year for all roofs, and if you haven't adequately prepared your roof, it could also be the most expensive season for you to recover from in the event of damage.
Continue reading below, to learn more about the four types of winter roof damage that are the most common, and consequently the most important to watch out for this winter.
Moisture and Mold Growth
Once the temperatures outside start to drop below freezing, the upper portions of your roof which are warmer (possibly warmer because of inadequate attic ventilation) will begin to melt the snow on it. Causing water to flow down your roof until it reaches the roof's edge, which is colder, causing it to freeze and form a ridge. As more water melts and continues to flow down your roof, an ice dam will continue to grow.
Not correcting this and allowing the water to collect at your roof's edge, water and moisture will begin to seep underneath the shingles into your attic and below. Once water and moisture make it into your attic, it's a perfect environment for mold growth, not only will mold threaten the structure of your home, but left unchecked, mold can threaten the health and well-being of you and your family.
When your skylights are left to ice over, it doesn't allow the condensation to properly escape. As the snow and ice begin to melt, the water will collect around the skylight frame and rot the structure, or worse, spread inward and cause damage to the drywall below your skylight.
Gutters and Downspout Damage
When you allow ice to build up in your gutters or downspout throughout a long winter, it becomes heavy, destructive, and potentially dangerous. Large chunks of ice lodged in your home’s drainage system can cause your gutters to crack or begin to pull away from the edge of the roof.
Commonly, these blockages are caused by the inadequate clearing of leaves and debris before the cold and snowy months begin. Always remember to prepare your drainage system for the winter months — Replacing your gutter system is way more expensive compared to the minor expense of getting them cleared.
Left alone, snow on a roof will become wet, heavy, and potentially detrimental to your roof or your entire home. Capable of quickly exceeding the load rating of a home's roof and putting a portion of the roof or entire home structure at risk of collapse. Resulting not only in expensive property damage but, possibly fatal injuries to anyone inside your home.
Be active and diligent, don't ignore the warning signs of a potential roof collapse; consistent creaking noises, interior sagging ceilings, difficulty opening, and closing windows and doors. If you're experiencing any of these contact a local contractor immediately.
Contact Robey Roofing Today — Leave your roof in the hands of a well trained and experienced team of experts. Our professionals will check your home for winter roof damage, bringing to light any issues that can become more serious and expensive to fix if not taken care of immediately.