Spring is here and we’re all thinking warm thoughts but that doesn’t mean the cold weather is completely done with Michigan. All the middle northern states are notorious for cold-weather storms that can blow up well past Memorial Day. From sleet to hail storms to the simple dangers of cold high-speed winds, you’re not the only one that doesn’t care for all this extra cold weather. Your roof puts in a lot of work keeping the snow, sleet, and hail stones off your head and out of your home but it takes a certain amount of damage in the process. Though we may be thinking about budding flowers and warm days, it’s important to remember that every additional cold weather storm that blows through Lincoln Park Michigan is a risk to your roof. Here’s how cold weather can hurt your roof and when to consider a new inspection to keep everything in top condition:
1) High-Speed Winds
The weather doesn’t have to get truly nasty for your roof to start taking damage. Even high-speed chilly winds can start to work at the thick edges of your roof shingles. Eventually, the pressure from the wind will start to peel up a few. Some shingles bend upward as if being peeled while others lift up away from the line of the roof without bending as if they were pried up instead. Sometimes the wind manages to detach a shingle completely, at which point it becomes flying debris that will probably damage yours or someone else’s roof.
It’s no surprise that hailstones are bad news for your roof, they’re bad news for everything. Every time hail falls, balls and shards of ice fly through the sky and fall heavily on everything below. Cars get dented, windows and windshields are broken, and they inflict more than one stinging bruise. When a hailstone hits a roof shingle, sometimes the force is enough to crack the shingle in half. Other times. the hailstone will simply knock off some of the weather-resistant granules or leave a deep pock-mark, damaging the roof’s integrity and ability to resist weather in the future. You should get a roof inspection and at least light repairs after every hail storm your house is passed by.
3) Damp Piles of Snow
While the roof is built to keep the rain off, constant exposure to persistent damp is bad for most roofing materials. This becomes a danger when snow piles up on your roof because it doesn’t always stay completely frozen. Snow at the bottom of the pile may melt and begin soaking the top of your roof. This can cause softening will make leaks more likely.
Melting isn’t just a problem because of the damp, it actually gets a lot worse when the temperature fluctuates like it so often does in the Michigan springtime. When ice on your roor melts or drips from tree branches, the water runs into little cracks and crevices around the roofing shingles, top, and flashing. Then, when the temperature drops again that water re-freezes and the ice expands forcing open the cracks. This creates gaps where water can leak in and damage your home.
You may find these hanging crystalline ice formations delightful, but they’re surprisingly dangerous for your roof. Too many icicles, especially the large ones, can weigh down your gutters, causing them to sag and possibly break. This alone can damage your roof but icicles hanging from the roof edge itself can also cause damage. Not to mention that they’re sharp when they fall.
Spring may be here but the warm weather won’t really start to settle in until the summer months. Whether your house withstands howling winds or simple, gentle snow, watch out for these cold weather risks to your roof’s integrity. If you need a roof inspection or have already taken a look and know you need roof repairs, call the best roofers in Lincoln Park Michigan. Our expert roofers are always ready to lend a hand with inspections and repairs.
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