Most people don’t often have their roofs in the forefront of their minds. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. Instead, people are more apt to focus on the parts of their home that they see every single day, such as the exterior walls and their lawns. But your roof is an absolutely critical part of your home that deserves as much love and attention (if not more) than other parts of your home.
As we transition into the warmer months, many people may have noticed damage that was caused by the winter season’s snow and ice, hail, or heavy storms that are very typical in the spring. And believe it or not, now is the most critical time of the year to perform maintenance and repairs on your roof for several reasons.
Winter Storms and Ice Damming
An ice dam is a problem frequently experienced by homeowners throughout the Midwest. After snow has accumulated on your roof, the layer of snow adjacent with the roof’s surface can actually melt and refreeze. This is extremely problematic because it can severely damage your roof. And the problem isn’t easy to solve, because concurrent snowfalls only shelter and insulate the bottom layer of ice. In turn, this can cause massive icicles to form on the side of your house that are detrimental to the safety of others and can destroy gutters, shingles, and the siding of your home. Furthermore, air vents found in bathrooms can expel hot, moist air through vents in the roof to help form ice dams, and so can poorly insulated roofs.
Though this problem may sound trivial, it can actually create a lot of cracks and leaks in your roof. The resulting cracks can affect your attic, ceilings, insulation, and walls, allowing them to become saturated with water from melting snow and later rainfalls. Not only can this cause water damage, but it can also provide the perfect environment to foster an outbreak of mold.
Why Maintenance Needs to Be Performed After the Winter Season
Due to the risk of mold and water damage, it is critical that homeowners protect their property with roof maintenance and repairs after they have sustained damage during the winter. But the problem only grows worse when you consider that the springtime is known for long, heavy rains, tornados, strong gusts of wind, and even hail. It’s in a homeowner’s best interest to repair their roofs before these events take place, or the resulting leaks could ruin the interior of the home.
And unless you’re a qualified professional, it’s not in your best interest to try to attempt repairs on your own. Firstly, it would take an immense amount of time to undertake such a task on your own. In addition, it’s downright dangerous unless you know what you’re doing. Instead of forgoing roof repairs because you don’t feel comfortable performing them yourself or because you feel that a little bit of moisture is no big deal, reach out to a qualified construction company to help repair and protect your home.