Mother Nature can cause havoc on your house during the winter months, and your roof is no exception. In fact, your roof may be the first place that encounters winter's wrath, each time more rain, snowflakes or hail begin to fall from the sky. Even with your best efforts, it's possible your roof could sustain damage this winter. Here are some of the scenarios you could encounter where you should hire a residential roofing repair professional.
Ice and Snow Causing a Leak
When ice and snow build up over time and put pressure or extra weight onto your roof materials including your shingles, damage can be done and lead to a leak once that ice and snow begin to melt. If you believe you have a leaky shingle, you need to get it fixed ASAP. Letting water damage into your home can cause additional issues including the development of mold or damage to your property inside the house.
Changing Temperatures Causing Expansion and Contraction
Do you live somewhere with a winter that can be both mild and severe depending on the day of the week? If it frequently goes below freezing but then goes back up above freezing from day to day, your roofing materials are likely expanding and contracting over time in response to the change in temperatures. This can cause roofing materials like shingles to become loose over time and possibly cause the development of a hole or crack that will lead to a leak.
Too Much Debris
Do you have trees near your house and often have to sweep away tree branches and other debris from your roof? If things get especially bad, the lingering debris could cause damage to your roof. A residential roofing expert can help you sweep away the debris and then inspect your roof for any spots that are in need of repair before a leak develops.
Does the snow on your roof sometimes melt, begin running toward the edge but then freeze again when it gets near the gutter? If this happens often enough, you will eventually form an ice dam on your roof. A significant ice dam can damage the roof and cause a leak. Ice damming can also be potentially dangerous to people down below. If a big chunk of ice suddenly breaks off and tumbles to the ground, you don't want to be underneath it. A residential roofing repair service will help you clear an ice dam and then repair any damaged shingles or other materials that were underneath.