Winter has been hitting harder than expected this year. With the amount of snow coming in, there is a higher risk of experiencing roofing problems. While the majority of roofs are built to withstand snow, any problems that your roof may already have can get worse during this period.
As we look ahead to spring, it’s the perfect time to address any issues that your roof may be facing from the brunt of winter. It is important to check on your roof, especially after inclement weather has occurred, in order to avoid any existing roofing problems from getting worse. In this blog, we have outlined a number of roofing problems that you may face after winter, and what to look out for when checking on your roof!
Flashing is the metal that is located on the edges, corners and ridges of your roof, chimney and skylights. If the flashing around your roof is old, worn or has not been installed properly, it can start to pull away, leading to leaks after a harsh winter. In order to prevent this, be sure to thoroughly check the flashing around your roof after the winter season and every 6 months thereafter, to see if it’s in good condition. A trained roofing professional can also assist in inspecting for any damage in this area.
Your roof can face major damage after winter due to condensation if your attic does not have adequate insulation. A poorly insulated attic can lead to the growth of mould and mildew, resulting in damage to your roof and the interior structure of your attic and home. Some indicators of poor insulation include temperature variations throughout your home, cold walls, floors and ceilings, your roof thawing quickly at the end of winter, and ice forming on your gutters.
Strong winds commonly accompany winter, and if your roof is in poor shape, these winds can cause shingles and other parts of your roof to be blown off. If you notice shingles or any other part of your roof structure broken, it is critical that you contact a trusted roofing professional to inspect the damage.
While trees provide shade and greatly enhance the appeal of your home, trees can also cause damage to your roof, especially when they have been subject to snow and wind. Tree limbs can scrape the top of your roof, causing damage to its top layer, not to mention the damage that can also be caused by falling limbs. To avoid any issues with your trees, be sure to trim any branches within 6 feet of your roof. Spring is a great time to do this!
After a long and cold winter, spring is the perfect time to get your roof inspected for any damage that may have been caused by the season. If you are looking for roof specialists to inspect your roof or attic insulation, you can get help from experts at Turnbull Roofing and Renovations Ltd. For more information, contact us at 905-579-ROOF (Oshawa) or 905-686-ROOF (Ajax), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.