Did Winter Weather Damage Your Roof? 3 Visible Signs Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted on: 16 March 2018

Along with warm sunshine and blooming flowers, spring means periods of heavy rain for much of the country. For homeowners who have just endured a difficult winter with copious amounts of snow and ice, the thought of spring rain is not welcome news. Accumulations of snow and ice, coupled with freezing temperatures and windy conditions, can damage roofing materials and prevent them from protecting the home from water infiltration. If you are worried about the condition of your roof, here are three easily recognizable signs of trouble you should know. 

Shingles that are missing, cracked, or have ragged edges

Periods of severe winter weather, such as those where temperatures fall below freezing for long periods of time, are particularly hard on roof shingles because it can make them brittle and less able to resist damage. If these temperatures are accompanied by high wind or winter storms, there is even more potential for damage to occur. Homeowners who have just experienced a tough winter and are now concerned about the condition of their roof should examine their roof for any missing shingles or those that appear to have irregular edges or visible cracks or tears. If any of these conditions are found, it is important to have the roof professionally inspected and repaired as soon as possible to ensure that no leaks have developed. 

The appearance of a depressed area in the roof line

Accumulated snow and ice place a heavy load on home roofs. This can lead to the appearance of a depressed area, or swag, in the roof line that will be noticeable from the ground. In most cases this problem is caused by a failed rafter or roof support beam, which can usually be fixed by adding a sister board to heal the break and keep the rafter firmly in place. 

Damaged or missing sections of flashing 

In addition to the shingles, flashed areas around fireplace flues, vents, and seams can also be damaged by winter weather. Homeowners who see that their metal flashing appears to be buckled, damaged, or sticking up instead of laying flat, will want to tend to this problem quickly. Damage to flashing can allow water to wash down existing flues or slopes and run directly into the home, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Homeowners who see evidence of flashing damage or any type of other roof damage will want to have it repaired by a professional home roofing contractor as soon as possible.