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How Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

by | Dec 4, 2019 | Blog, Roof Inspection and Quality Control, Roof Tips

ice on roof and gutters

Gusty winds, ice, water, snow, and hail damage all hit hard on your home exterior, but nothing faces more winter weather damage than your roof. The harsh elements of winter all affect your roofing and shingles differently than other elements, and knowing what to expect can help you prepare for impact and reduce the risk of damage. Here’s a list of different winter weather patterns that could affect your roof, and how to minimize their damage. Your friendly team at Springtree Restoration is always standing by to help with roof repairs in Dallas, so give us a call when you need roofing services anywhere in the DFW area!

Wind Damage

Gusty winter winds lead to loose, broken, or torn-off shingles. Strong winds tear the flashing right off your roof, and a roof’s rakes and ridges are never safe as they’re constantly being exposed to wind stream.

How do you solve wind damage? Grab a good-quality, warranty-backed shingle for wind damage that hits 110 mph instead of a three-tab 60-70 mph warranty. Hiring a contractor is a smart way to fix the problems you already have on your roof before winter, and a tree-trimmer can cut away all overhanging branches so that no winds can break off any branches that may hit your roof.

Water, Snow, and Ice

These three killers can destroy roofing and inflict a lot more damage than you may realize. When ice, water, and snow work together, you might need to call in our experienced roofers to repair any damage to your roof. Snow, for example, piles up – so when its weight is greater than how much your roof can bear, it leads to cracks over doors and windows, ominous cracking sounds, and bowed ceilings. In extreme circumstances, this could lead to a full roof collapse.

Ice tends to build up, and when it melts, it can trickle down to the edges of your roof and freeze again, blocking the gutters in your home and keeping water from leaving your roof.

Water that freezes and thaws up again creates leakage, making it easier for ceilings, drywall, and floors to suffer water damage, giving mildew and mold an opportunity to fester.

The best way to prevent this kind of damage is to watch out for how much snow accumulates on top of the roof – if any does form, rake it off with a roof rake that is long-handled. Preventing ice damming requires that you clean your gutters out in the late fall, ventilate the attic, and give eaves liquid de-icer. We recommend getting an annual roof inspection to identify leakage points on the roof each winter – valleys, vents, and chimneys especially.

Damage from Hail

Hail is another roof-killer that dents metal roofs, flashing, and vents, damaging ridge caps and leaving circular, small impressions on shingles. This weakens them and shortens their lifespan.

Hail damage is usually unpreventable unless you decide to apply heavy-duty shingles. Roofers are typically required to check out the extent and the severity of the damage and may find that you’ll need to take out and replace your whole roof to make up for the loss. Luckily, your homeowner’s insurance will probably cover the cost. We’ll help you navigate the insurance claims process.

Cold weather puts good roofs to the test, but having a solid, protected roof is the best defense.

Springtree Restoration: Restoring Roofs One Job at a Time

Whether your roof was hit hard this season or you just need repairs or restoration before the next big storm, Springtree Restoration is a trusted team that works with integrity and professionalism every step of the way. As proud members of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT) and North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA), you can rest easy knowing we are fully insured for the protection of your property, our work, and everyone on the job site. Call us today to schedule roof repairs in Dallas and the whole North Texas region!


Springtree Restoration, LLC, Roofing Contractors, Allen, TX
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