How Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

There are three major ways that winter weather can affect your roof. With our harsh Kansas and Missouri winters, it’s best to prepare. Your roof tends to get hit harder during the winter months, as snow and ice weigh on your roof. Here are three common forms of roof damage that occur in cold winter months.

  1. Water Damage: Freezing rain is one of the harshest elements of winter weather Mother Nature can make for your roof. If ice builds up around your gutters, called ice dams, and prevents water from draining away from the roof; water can seep into cracks and cause incredible damage to the interior of a home.
  2. Snow Damage: A few inches of snow this winter can affect your roof and cause problems. Snow can melt quickly on your roof from internal heat and needs to run to the gutters and away from your home.
  3. Wind Damage: Cold winter winds can loosen old shingles and rip them off the roof. This can be especially damaging if the wind is followed by hail or sleet. Small chunks of ice weaken shingles, allowing the wind to carry them away.

Make sure to check your gutters regularly during the winter months to ensure that water is able to flow away from the home and not building up causing an ice dam.

Be careful trying to remove snow from your roof yourself. Often times, shovels and ice melts can do more harm than good to your roof.

If you need a reputable roofing contractor to provide you with a free roof inspection, call Down Under Roofing. Our team at Down Under Roofing is dedicated to providing great results. We treat you with respect by offering honest and fair pricing that will fit most budgets. Contact our team today to see how we can help you with your roofing needs.