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Winter Roof Damage

Updated: Jan 18

Winter can be a particularly harsh season for roofs, as the combination of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can cause damage that may not be immediately visible. Here are a few tips to help you spot winter roof damage.

Look for Ice Dams

Ice dams form when melted snow refreezes at the edge of the roof, creating a barrier that prevents water from flowing off the roof. This can lead to water leakage and damage to the roof and interior of the home.

Check for snow and ice buildup

Heavy snow and ice buildup can cause stress on the roof, leading to damage. If you notice any large accumulations of snow or ice, it is important to have them removed to prevent damage.

Inspect the attic for signs of moisture

Cold temperatures and snow can cause condensation to form in the attic, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Check the attic for any signs of moisture or mold.

Look for cracked or missing shingles

Cold temperatures can cause shingles to crack or break, which can lead to leaks. Inspect the shingles for any signs of damage.

Check the flashing

Cold temperatures can cause the flashing to become brittle and crack, which can lead to leaks. Make sure the flashing is in good condition and properly sealed.

If you notice any of these signs of winter roof damage, it's important to have your roof inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem can lead to more extensive damage and higher repair costs. It's also good to have your roof inspected after the winter season to make sure that everything is alright.

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