The Effects of Hail, Ice and Snow on Your Roof

Even the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials can take a beating from winter weather. Today, Winfield Builders, your local roofers, discuss how winter conditions may affect your roof and what you can do about it.

Wind Damage

The cold winter air can pick up debris that can strip the protective granules on your roofing shingles. While you can’t stop the wind, you can minimize the damage by clearing debris off the roof. Tree branches, twigs and leaves should be regularly swept off your roof to prevent damage.

Rain and Snow

Snow piling up on your roof may seem harmless, charming even, but it can lead to extensive and long-term water damage if you ignore it. Your house has its own internal temperature, with warm air circulating during winter. This warm air rises up to the roof, melting the packed snow, which can leak into the cracks of your roof.

The melted snow will eventually refreeze as it reaches the edge of the roof, which over time becomes an ice dam. On top of blocking the gutters, the extra weight on the roof may physically damage the shingles.

Fortunately, this can be solved by simply clearing the roof of snow. For a more long-term approach, you may want to consider adding extra insulation in the attic or the topmost floor so that there’s less hot air escaping the roof.

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive repair and maintenance allows you to address existing roofing concerns when they are still small and easier to handle. It also helps keep your home as energy-efficient as possible since the roof plays a key role in keeping your home warm and weathertight during winter.

At Winfield Builders, we’re experts at keeping your home safe and comfortable during winter. On top of our complete roofing services, we also help with windows, gutters and siding.  Call us at (301) 329-8295 to learn more. We are local roofers serving homeowners throughout Silver Spring, Rockville and Annapolis, MD.

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