When winter passes and spring rolls in, it is a good idea to take a look at your roof. Winter and early spring can be hard on roofs. There are a lot of fluctuations in temperature and humidity levels at this time of year. Ice and snow can be huge factors too. If there is damage to your roof, then you will want to have it repaired sooner rather than later so that you don't end up with leaks or more extensive damage. Here are some key kinds of damage you may want to look for as you're examining your roof in the spring.
When water sneaks under the very edge of a shingle and the temperature gets colder, that water can freeze into ice. In the process, it expands, which can cause the shingle to peel a little further off the roof deck. This can happen to one or two shingles, or it can happen to a bunch of shingles at the same time. The result will be shingles that look like they are popped up along the edges. Usually, the bottom edge is affected, but sometimes one side or the top of the shingle is affected. More water can leak in here during a thunderstorm, and spring tends to bring lots of storms, so have this fixed ASAP.
Moss is a unique plant. It has small, short, root-like structures that can easily insert themselves into roofing shingles. Once moss does penetrate into the shingles, it can cause them to start deteriorating further. So, if you look up at your roof and see some moss starting to grow, you need to contact a roofer. Moss growth is common in the spring since moss loves moisture, shade, and cool temps. If you take care of it now, then you may not have to have the shingles replaced. A roofer can remove the moss using herbicides and special cleaning solutions.
Do any of your shingles look smoother and darker than others? Some might appear to have spots where they are smooth and dark. These spots are areas where the shingles are missing granules. Granules can go missing after a harsh winter of freezing and thawing. Shingles with missing granules are more likely to continue to deteriorate. A roofer can replace those damaged shingles before the damage gets any worse.
Take a look at your roof this spring. Whether or not you see any damage, you won't regret taking this time. Contact a local roofing company to learn more.