Doesn’t it feel like the winter stretches on longer and longer every single year? Fortunately, we’ve finally reached the spring, and the weather is already starting to warm up. The heat and sunshine of summer are well on their way!
As the seasons change, it’s always an ideal time to perform some simple checks of some of the most important parts of your home. For example, checking to make sure your roof is in good condition is always a good idea during the springtime, especially after you’ve dealt with a particularly long and nasty winter. While you can perform a visual inspection from the ground, you can also hire contractors to come in and perform a more official and thorough inspection of your roofs in Mount Titus County, TX.
Here are just a few examples of some of the reasons why it’s so important for you to make these inspections during the spring, after the winter has completely passed.
Snow and ice can be quite heavy
The biggest reason why you should perform these inspections is because the snow and ice that accumulate over the winter months can add quite a bit of weight to your roof. In fact, depending on the kind of roof you have and its total surface area, two feet of snow piled up on top of your roof could add about 19 tons of weight, which leads to a tremendous amount of pressure being placed not just on your shingles, but on the structural supports holding up your roof top.
Broken shingles are just one of many issues you could deal with after a long winter of exposure to the elements, including the snow and ice. Some people regularly scrape snow off their roofs, but for those who don’t, ice could very well form underneath. Ice also adds tremendous amount of weight to your roof, and as it melts and moves, it can pull away shingles with it.
It’s not just broken shingles you have to be on the lookout for. Snow and ice can cause other issues as well, including shingles that are starting to curl up, loose or broken flashing or broken seals. The more severe the damage gets, the more likely it is to cause some serious issues in your home. At the very least, it becomes more likely that you’ll have melting snow starting to leak into your attic, where it could cause some costly structural damage. In some even more severe circumstances, the issues caused by snow and ice on your roof could result in leaks that penetrate the interior ceilings of your home.
The costs can quickly add up from all this damage. Not only will you have to patch up your roof, but you could end up having to replace insulation, wood or ceiling drywall, and you could have to call in a mold remediation specialist to deal with any mold or mildew that starts to grow and spread in your home as a result of the exposure to moisture.
The best way to counteract any of these issues is to work with a roofing professional who can carefully inspect the roof of your home and determine whether or not your roof sustained any damage during the winter months. For more information about why it’s so important for you to stay on top of your roofing inspections and maintenance, contact Castletop Roofing and Construction to discuss your roof in Mount Titus County, TX today.
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