Winter usually feels long and vicious, and it leaves behind a unique trail of home damages that, at times, take an entire spring to repair. Fortunately, this year's winter will be coming to an end in a few weeks.
One of the parts of the home that are usually worst hit by the winter is the roof because it is the primary line of protection the entire home has against the harsh environmental conditions. Knowing the signs of roof damage can help you make timely repairs and avoid further losses. Here are three common signs of winter roof damage you should know about.
1. Moisture in the Attic
One of the most common signs that your roof has suffered damage in the winter is the presence of moisture in your attic. When water leaks into the roof membrane and gets inside the house, it starts ruining structures inside the house.
Common indications of water damage in the attic include a musty odour, which signifies the presence of mould or mildew. Check the walls and the ceiling for black or brown stains, which indicate that ice melted on the roof, and the water found its way inside the house.
A qualified roofer will assess the source of attic damage, trace back the source of the problem and fix it.
2. Presence of Ice Dams on the Roof
A lot of damage happens to the roof when ice accumulates on it. One of the most common signs is the formation of ice dams. Ice dams form when the ice reaches the eaves and gets stuck there. This prevents ice from sliding off the roof, and all the water that reaches the eave is blocked from draining off.
Ice dams pose a significant danger to the home because the weight of the ice can lead to roof buckling and also water damage.
3. Physical Damage on the Roof
Metallic roofs handle winter weather quite well. Unfortunately, homeowners with other roofing materials such as shingles and ceramic tiles might not be as lucky. If you notice missing or rotten shingles, it means that water has ruined the top layer of the roof.
With time, metallic roofs also develop rust as a reaction to contact with water for extended periods. You can choose to repair the damage or replace the roof altogether.
The best way to detect and repair roof damage caused by winter weather is by getting a professional roofing expert to inspect the roof after the winter. They will assess the roof and recommend the most appropriate repairs.
If you have more questions about roof repair, reach out to a local roofing contractor.