How To Spot Winter Roof Damage in Saskatchewan
Winter in Saskatchewan isn't the kindest time of year. This year we have experienced frigid temperatures, heavy snow, freezing rain and high winds. These winter weather conditions can take their toll on your roof and home if problems aren't taken care of quickly. Your roof is essential in protecting your home. To save yourself a lot of hassle and money in the long run, it's important to know how to spot any roof damage before it causes major issues. But what are the signs? How can you tell your roof needs some TLC in the winter? The roofing experts at United Roofing & Exteriors have compiled a helpful list of how to spot winter roof damage in Saskatchewan. Whether it's a few damaged shingles or a serious leak, this list will tell you what signs of roof damage to look for so your roof stays in good condition for years to come! Read on to learn more!
Begin by Looking for Obvious Signs of Damage
The first place to start looking for roof damage is under your roof. This may seem obvious, but many people don't know what signs to look for before it's too late. Check in the interior living spaces of your home, especially those close to the roof. Examine the ceilings and walls of these rooms closely for any sign of a leak, cracks, water stains or any other unexplained damage. Roof leaks should be treated as an emergency. If left untreated, roof leaks won't just compromise your roof; they can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Roof leaks can cause rot and lead to the collapse of your roof and potentially your home if they are bad enough. When checking the interior of your home, if you notice any signs of water seepage that a roof leak could cause, you should contact United Roofing & Exteriors as soon as possible.
Check the Attic/ Attic Crawl Space
The next place to look for winter roof damage in your home is the attic/ attic crawl space. Even if you don't see signs of water damage in your living space, the results of a damaged or leaking roof could be hiding in the attic of your home. To spot roof damage early and prevent it from becoming more severe, it's essential to inspect your attic/ attic crawl space. While inspecting this area, check the roof, studs, decking and structural beams closely for any signs of water damage or leaks. If your home has an attic crawl space, we recommend calling a roofing contractor for the inspection. Attic crawl spaces aren't usually designed to support the weight of someone walking in them. If you notice water spots, rotting wood, mould or other concerning signs inside your attic or attic crawlspace, give the roofers at United Roofing & Exteriors a call. We can assess the damage and start the repairs as soon as possible.
Inspect the Exterior
If you see no signs of roof damage inside your home, the next and final place to check is the outside. Walk around the exterior of your home and examine the roof (you may need binoculars). Look for any signs of damage like cracks, missing or damaged flashing, and missing shingles or bare spots. Binoculars work well to spot roof damage from the ground; you can also use a drone if you have one. If you do not have either, you may need a ladder to check the roof for damage. If you use a ladder, ensure you have the right safety equipment and take the right precautions to prevent injuries. While inspecting the exterior, make sure to check your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause roof damage as it is very easy for gutters to get clogged during the fall and winter months. This could be especially true if they weren't cleaned before the winter season. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams, which can, in turn, cause cracks and leaks, which can compromise your roof and your home. If you notice any signs of roof damage during your exterior inspection, contact United Roofing & Exteriors right away to have it taken care of.
United Roofing & Exteriors Can Help You With Winter Roof Damage
Your roof really takes a beating during the winter. This list will let you know how to spot potential winter roof damage so you can have it fixed as soon as possible! Being proactive with regular maintenance and inspections of your roof will keep you, your family and your home safe and give you peace of mind. If you notice any winter roof damage signs, contact United Roofing & Exteriors immediately! We've been doing roof repairs and replacements in Saskatchewan for years. We can ensure your roof is ready to take on the harsh Saskatchewan winters. Contact us today!