How Much Will Roof Repair Cost You This Winter?
America spans a wide range of elevations and climates. And in some of those areas, damage to roofs in winter is more common than in other areas. This is mainly caused by the extra moisture and the extra weight from large amounts of snow and ice. While removing ice and snow buildup can help prevent damage to not only the roof itself, it can also help avoid damage to ceilings and walls.
There is an excellent article on Home Advisor, a contractor review and information site about your roof and the challenges you can face in the winter months. They suggest because of the danger in trying to remove snow and dealing with roof problems in the winter yourself, you might be much better off to let a professional help you.
Here is an excerpt from that article:
Winter Roof Damage
Water leaks from ice and snow are caused by interior heat from the house. Water from ice melting on the roof is trapped and creates an ice dam on the roof, gutters and downspouts. The water then takes the path of least resistance under the roof system, or sideways and through flashings, which were not designed for to handle this kind of moisture. When this happens, interior water damage can occur.
Some of us have either heard of (our tried ourselves) using a regular snow shovel to remove excessive snow from the top of our homes to prevent roof damage. This technique, however, has some pretty obvious drawbacks, and can cause its own damage to shingles. Some contractors may suggest that rock salt or calcium chloride be used to melt the ice and snow. Unfortunately, this may also damage shingles. In fact, many shingle manufacturers warn against this, and it may void your warranty.
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The article further talks about gutters, flat roofs, and possible ice damage. These too must be dealt with but there are many things you can do to minimize the problems you’ll face during the winter months with a little preparation now, before the snow and rain start to fall.
Skylights can also pose additional problems on your roof because of how they are built or installed. Be sure to check the areas around them to make sure they are properly installed and not leaking.
And finally, if you notice stains on your ceilings or walls, the damage could already be done. It’s best to seek out professional advice and address the issue soon.