15 Dec Will My Roof Last through the Winter?
The winter months, of course, present some of the harshest elements that your roof is exposed to. So it is reasonable to ask yourself whether or not your roof will be able to withstand the upcoming winter season—and all of the snow and ice that will come with it. In case you’re debating having part of your roof replaced while it’s still early in the winter season, here are some telltale signs that will tell you that you should reroof before temperatures drop even more.
Damaged or missing shingles
If you’re noticing damaged or missing shingles on your roof, then you should call a roofing contractor immediately. Damaged shingles might be cracked, curled, buckled, rotten, or split, meaning that they’ve reached the end of their useful lifespan. Missing shingles, of course, leave the areas under your roofing vulnerable to heat and water damage. Damaged or missing shingles, when left unattended, will only grow into a larger and more expensive home repair in the upcoming winter months.
Dark spots on an asphalt roof typically mean that your shingles have lost many of their granules due to age, leaving bare areas behind. They can also indicate that your roof has been exposed to pollutants, vegetation, fungus, or algae growth over an extended period of time. Whatever the cause, dark spots on a roof are a sign that your roof could easily be susceptible to leakage in the near future. And with the months ahead—especially here in Utah—promising plenty of ice and snow, this doesn’t bode well for your roof.
Granule accumulation in the gutters
This is essentially another sign that indicates that your shingles may be at the end of their lifespan. If you see granule accumulation in your gutters, it means that your shingles no longer have the same protective properties that they did when they were first installed on your roof.
If you can clearly see water damage along your attic walls or on your ceiling, we hope you know to call a roofing contractor right away. Water damage is a clear sign that your roof is already seeing some structural deficits that need to be addressed. Your roofer will likely be taking a look at your roof’s underlayment and installing new flashing as needed.