Post-Snow Roof Health Checklist

March 14, 2022

Roof and Gutter with snow melting - Post-Snow Roof Health Checklist

Winter weather can be tough on roofs. Ice dams, the freeze-thaw cycle, and the sheer weight of snow all pose risks. These issues can weaken your roof in a variety of ways and lead to leaks and mold. Eventually, spring will come. When it does, you’ll want to take some time to assess how your roof held up and whether or not it needs attention. Some of these steps don’t even require you to leave your home.

Check your ceilings

If water has infiltrated your roof, it can lead to water stains or discoloration on upstairs walls or ceilings. Once you identify you have a leak, you’ll want to call a professional to locate it and assess the best way to address it.

Inspect your attic

Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a leak, but damage to your attic can be missed if you don’t look for it. Leaks can cause water stains, black marks, or mold in your attic. Even if there isn’t a leak, condensation in your attic can create the same problems. If you notice any of these issues, you’ll want to call an expert to take a closer look. 

Are your shingles losing granules?

One way to tell if your shingles are wearing out is to look for granules in your gutters. If they’re loosened by snow and ice, the first rain of spring can wash them away. This is problematic because granules protect shingles from the sun’s UV rays, so if too many are missing, your shingles will deteriorate faster. It’s good to catch this kind of damage sooner rather than later.

Are your shingles cracked?

Once the snow and ice melt, you’ll be able to look at your shingles for the first time in months. Look for cracked shingles. Extreme temperature shifts can cause them to expand and contract, leading to cracking. Cracked shingles are susceptible to leaks when exposed to rain or melted snow.

Are your shingles curling, cupped or buckling?

If so, it could be a sign of moisture intrusion in your roof’s underlayment or decking, a poorly-ventilated attic, or old age in general. Ice dams can cause such intrusion, as they force water back up the roof and under shingles. Regardless of the reason, it’s worth looking into it more.

Is your roof dipping or sagging?

Dipping or sagging is caused by significant moisture intrusion into the roof structure, so much so that it is warping the wood itself. Large amounts of snow may have exacerbated the problem. A roof should be able to handle about four feet of snow, but it can take less than that to compromise an older roof. If you notice dipping or sagging, your roof needs attention immediately.

Unsure of the condition of your roof?

Maybe you don’t see any obvious signs of damage in your home and you’re uncomfortable with climbing a ladder to check your gutters or roof. It’s OK to call a professional. Actually, it’s recommended. It’s never a bad idea to have an expert inspect your roof because they can quickly identify any issues you may have or catch potential concerns that could crop up in the near future. Keyprime is here to help you evaluate your roof and determine any steps you need to take to protect your home. Contact us today for more information.

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