If your roof has been sitting beneath snow and ice for some time, you may be concerned that damage has occurred. This can be especially true if you had ice dams form on your roof. The following can help you determine if you should call in a roofing contractor for further inspection or to schedule a repair.
Gutters can often give you a clue as to whether ice dams occurred beneath the snow covering on your roof. If your gutters are sagging, then there was likely excess weight placed on them when the roof was under snow cover. Areas of the roof that are bordered by damaged gutters should be inspected closely -- both on the outside and inside of the attic -- to make sure there are no hidden leaks.
Wet Attic Insulation
One of the most obvious signs that ice dams occurred is wet insulation in the attic. When an ice dam forms, sometimes melting water backs up behind the ice dam and flows beneath the shingles. The result is that the shingles look fine after the ice melts, but water still managed to soak the roof sheathing and into your attic. You may be able to smell the moisture damage inside, typically as a musty, mildew-like odor. Other times, you may have to visually inspect for damp spots. A roofing contractor can dry out the attic and check the sheathing and shingles to make sure they suffered no permanent damage.
When you check your insulation, take a moment to look up, as well. Are there wet spots on the roof trusses, joists, or pieces of sheathing plywood? If you notice wet spots or old water stains, press them with your fingernail. If you nail sinks in easily, then rot may have already begun. Contact a roofing contractor immediately so you can have the damage repaired before it compromises your roof or causes further water damage inside your home.
Once the snow and ice melts, the shingles should lay flat -- even if you had an ice dam. If the shingles appear warped, lifted, or otherwise cracked or damaged, you need to schedule a repair promptly. Even one damaged shingle can provide access to water if it snows again or if it rains. A roofer can quickly replace the damaged shingles so that you don't have to worry about further damages.
For more information, contact a company like Par One Construction, Inc.Share
14 December 2019
When was the last time you really looked at your roof? I had no idea how important yearly inspections of my roof was until I found myself footing the bill for a full roof replacement and interior ceiling replacement. Since then, I have learned how to inspect my own roof twice each year. I always inspect it each spring after the harsh winter elements have gone away and again in the fall before winter weather sets in. You can use the information compiled on my website to inspect the roof on your home and make the small repairs that will save you from full roof replacement.