01 Mar Recovering from Winter: Common Spring Roof Repairs
Snow and ice are two of the most damaging things to hit your roof, and we see a lot of both things during the winter months. Now that we can almost officially say that we’re done with winter weather, it’s a good time to assess how your roof has weathered through the winter months. Here is a brief guide to the most common repairs that roofs see in the springtime, so you can determine whether your roof needs any repairs or re-shingling done as you head into spring.
There are a number of factors that could be behind any given leak in your roof, from worn or missing shingles, to deteriorated flashing, to holes in your roof. Leaks often become apparent during the spring when there is more frequent rain, and after winter weather has done its damage. A roofing specialist will address leaks by first finding the source of the leak (which is not always directly above ceiling damage) and then taking a corresponding course of action to prevent future leaks. Weathered flashing, for example, will be replaced, with new shingles installed on top, and unsealed holes (left, say, after removing an antenna from your roof) will be sealed to give your home full moisture protection.
Roof crack sealing
The winter months are especially problematic for small cracks in your roof. When temperatures are hovering just above freezing, rain can seep into these cracks, only to freeze when temperatures dip back below freezing again. And since water expands as it freezes, this can cause those cracks to become larger.
You might not have a leak in your home (yet), but your home may very well have lost shingles during the winter due to the damaging freeze/thaw cycle of water on your roof.
Ice buildup is also a major cause for gutter damage, and it can become so significant that it actually causes your gutters to sag or break away from their hangers under the pressure. Ice buildup can also cause a break in the seal between your gutter and your drainpipe.
Spring is the perfect time to inspect your roof, since it comes just after months of harsh weather for roofs. Ultimately, it’s best to hire a professional to inspect your roof on an annual—or at least biennial—basis (though twice a year is optimal). A roofing professional is well versed in looking for signs of roof damage, including worn shingles, rusted nails, and deteriorated flashing, and will be able to identify potential issues much earlier.