Roofing is the protective layer of the building structure. It protects the interior of the building from the direct contact of environmental elements like direct sunlight, heavy hails and storms, snowfall. The roof withstands all the weathers and protects the house. But the repetitive adverse climatic conditions can damage the roofing. It is important to choose the right roofing material according to the geographical location of the building. Undoubtedly, the proper maintenance, opting for the right material and hiring professional roofing contractors can increase the lifetime of the roof but the cold climate can endanger the life of the roof. Your roof puts in a lot of work keeping the snow, sleet, and hailstones off your head and out of your home but it takes a certain amount of damage in the process. Every cold-weather storm is a threat to the roof and here is the list of how cold weather can damage your roof.
Heavy accumulation of snow
Continuous snowfall may build a snow pile on your roof. The snow will not stay in the frozen form for a long time and as a result, the bottom snow will start to melt and will soak the top of your roof. Constant exposure to the snow can cause persistent damp in the walls of the roof. The damp walls for a long time will allow moisture to trap in, and the moisture trapped walls are always a danger as they can lead to various roofing problem. The continuous exposure to certain cold weather is bad for most of the roofing material. It is highly recommended to get your roof inspected after a continuous snowfall.
Pepped-up cold winds
Even strong chilled winds are a threat to the roof. The flow of strong winter storms winds can cause the shingles to loosen-up. The continuous flow will start to peel off the roof, some shingles might start bending while the others might get detached and fall on the ground. A newly installed roof might not get affected but roof which is aging have chances to get damaged. Get the shingles repaired or replaced to protect the building from further damage.
Hailstones or Icicles
A combination of a sunny day with sub-freezing temperature can form icicles all along the roof. The icicles hanging on the roof edges can be dangerous for the roof. But the large icicles can weigh down your gutters and might cause them to sag and break. It can have caused some hazardous damage to the roof. Having the gutters cleared of leaves, needles and other debris is the best way to prevent icicles from forming. After fall is over with and cold weather starts, it is the perfect time to get your gutters clean and minimizing the chances of clogged gutters and saving roof from further damage of icicles.
Flashings are the strips of metal that are placed along the front edge, corners, and ridges of the roof and also around the chimneys and skylights. Due to bad weather and especially during the cold weather they can start to pull away from your roofing material and can further lead to leaks. The best way to keep this from becoming a major problem is to inspect your flashings every six months. That way you have prior warning if anything starts to become loose.