The winter can bring lots of unpredictable things with it, including damage to your roof. Unfortunately, you often won’t realize the extent of the damage until you experience leakage or even flooding through due to a compromised membrane.
When the weather changes in the winter and cold turns into freezing, your roof’s membrane contracts. A rise in temperatures will allow the roof to expand back to its original state once again. The constant fluctuation of warm and freezing temperatures often experienced in midwest winters causes the roof’s membrane to pull away from your building’s walls and weaken at the seams creating space for leakage.
Damage During the Snow Removal Process
There are dangerous consequences to letting snow sit on your roof, especially if you have an older roof or if you live in an area with heavy snowfall. However, in the process of removing the snow, it is possible that you damaged your roof. Shovels with metal edges are more likely to slice through the membrane. It is worth it to hire a licensed snow removal contractor to ensure that there is as little damage done as possible.
Damage from Nature
When trees and other natural debris lands on your roof and then become covered with ice and snow, the constant shifting due to the wind and severe winter weather can cause the debris to scratch at your roof. With enough movement, the protective membrane will eventually be worn away, leaving your roof vulnerable to leakage.
Flashing Falling Apart
As a critical part of your roof, flashing plays a vital role in ensuring water does not seep through any joints that may otherwise be left vulnerable. Deteriorated flashing is often the first point of failure in leak prevention and could lead to your entire roof becoming compromised. These should be inspected annually to ensure they are in proper working condition.
Damage to Sealant
A sealant is an extra layer of protection against the elements that often needs upkeep. On flat roofs in particular, since they don’t have a pitch for runoff, the sealant acts as a barrier to water. If there are signs of damage, your sealant will most likely need to be caulked again by a professional.
Leaks will eventually come to all homes. Keeping an eye on the trouble spots can help you prevent leaks from causing worse water damage. If you notice a concerning leak, reach out the experts at Absolute Service today at (248) 655-7100 any time of the day or night.