Common Types of Roof Damage to Look for After Winter

Winter can be a brutal season for your home’s roof. That’s why it is so critical to know what kind of roof damages you should look for after winter has passed and warm spring and summer days are here again. Below is an overview of the common types of roof damage that occur during the winter season and how you can prevent them from happening.

Damage From the Weight of the Snow

The heavy snowfall that takes place during the winter can cause leaks, cracks and sags in your roof. This is usually caused by trapped moisture underneath the shingles that turns to ice when temperatures drop below freezing. This is typically called an ice dam. To avoid this, you should ensure adequate ventilation in your attic, allowing warm air to pass through to stabilize the temperature in your attic space, thus helping to prevent ice dams from forming, and potential roof damage.

Condensation in Your Attic

Condensation in your attic can cause mold, rotting wood and other structural issues. Make sure your vent openings are clear of debris and corners are correctly sealed so that moist air won’t pass through unprotected areas.

Clogged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged during the winter, snow and ice can build up in the gutter or even freeze it completely. When temperatures rise again, this can cause cracks and leaks. Inspect your gutters before winter sets in and clean them regularly to prevent such issues.

Ice Dams and Ice Build-up

Ice damage can lead to excess pressure, which can cause shingles to break, shift out of place or even fall off completely. It’s crucial to have adequate ventilation under each layer of insulation and seal around windows, doors, plumbing and wiring that may be connected to your attic.

Wind Damage

Strong winter winds can cause shingles to curl and fly off the top of your roof, especially if it’s hit with debris. To mitigate this risk, you should secure all large household items — such as furniture, trampolines, fences or plants — that could be at risk of flying away in heavy wind.

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to conduct regular roof inspections and maintenance in order to minimize the risk of winter roof damage. Get in touch with Bone Dry Roofing in by calling 970-364-7996 or submitting a request through our online form to schedule an appointment.



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