Winter months with heavy snow loads and ice buildup are the toughest months of the year for a roof. Heavy rains, snow, sleet, ice, and strong winter winds can cause a lot of problems for homeowners.
However, Bergen County homeowners have an edge when it comes to protecting their roof. A prewinter roof inspection by a Bergen County roofing professional will ensure a homeowner's roof is sound and strong for the winter season of snow and ice. A qualified roofing professional will provide trustworthy service and offer an honest appraisal of a roof's condition and will recommend any necessary repairs.
Heavy snow loads can be stressful for a typical roof. Compacted snow can weigh up to 20 pounds per cubic foot. Also, snow accumulation can be uneven on a roof due to drifting and blowing winds, causing extra stress on those areas. Sleet mixed with rain and driven by the wind can work into cracks and freeze, forcing cracks even wider. Repeated over time, this process will weaken the wood of the roof structure.
Ice can accumulate along the edge of roofs, sometimes forming a large mass known as an ice dam.
The roofing experts at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County NJ can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, windows or gutters.
This ice buildup can cause moisture to back up and leak down into the attic and rest of the house. When the ice breaks free, it can break off shingles and gutters that are encased in the ice. Constant moisture that lingers under the ice can also cause the roof to decay.
Late autumn, after the leaves have fallen, is a good time to have a Bergen County home's roof and gutters inspected and cleaned. Gutters can become clogged with leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris during autumn. If gutters and downspouts are clogged they will not be able to drain properly during the months of winter rains and snow. This will cause rotted wood around the gutters.
Another potential problem a roofing professional can check is loose shingles that can be ripped away by fierce winter winds. This causes the underlayment and roof decking to be exposed to the harsh elements and encourage eventual decay.
A roofing professional can also check for damp areas in roof valleys where leaves or other debris collect. These piles of debris retain moisture and cause rot if allowed to remain over the winter. All areas of the roof should be included in the inspection, such as the condition of caulking seals or flashing around chimneys.