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Winter And Spring Roof Damage To Watch For

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Winter weather and spring storms can wreak havoc on your roof. This is why late spring and early summer is the best time to perform a roof inspection for any damages that need repairs. Your roofing contractor can then take advantage of the clear summer days to repair the damage before water leaks into your home. The following are roof issues to take note of so you can schedule a repair.

Ice Dams

If you had ice dams on your roof last winter, then you have an issue that needs to be addressed. Most ice dams are caused by issues with the attic insulation and ventilation. Your roofer can check your soffit and rooftop vents to makes sure they are clear and circulating are correctly. If all is working with the vents, then you may need to further insulate your attic. Otherwise, warm air trapped in the attic will continue to lead to snow melt on the roof, which can then freeze into troublesome ice dams. Over time, lifted shingles from ice dams can lead to major water damage or broken shingles.

Shingle Damage

Shingle damage often happens as a result of wind from winter and spring storms. You can usually recognize shingle damage from the ground. You may notice broken or missing shingles on the roof, or you may see parts of the shingles on the ground. Gravel from damaged shingles can also accumulate in gutters or on the ground along the roof's dripline. If you suspect shingle damage, bring out a roofer for a full inspection. They can safely walk the roof to locate and repair any damaged or missing shingles.

Gutter Issues

Gutter problems can affect your roof. Gutters that are clogged or misaligned can't route water away from the roof correctly, so the water typically overflows the gutters instead. This overflowing water can lead to premature rot on your roof eaves. In winter, the overflow may result in icicles, which can cause damage to your eaves and pose a danger to those walking below. A roofer can inspect your gutters and realign them so you no longer have this issue. Also, make sure to have your gutters cleaned a couple of times a year.

Hail Damage

Hail damage is mainly a spring problem, although in some areas hail storms persist into summer. Hail damage can lead to multiple leaks but it isn't always obvious. After a hail storm, look for shiny or smooth spots on shingles, or for increased gravel loss in the gutters. Shingles may also appear divoted or wavy from the compression damage. Hail damaged shingles must be replaced since they have lost their structural integrity.

Contact roofers in your area for more help.