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Inspect Your Roofing and Siding After Winter

If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re ready to see winter come to an end. But when it does, make sure you properly inspect your roof and siding to see if the cold, wet winter caused any damage.

“This winter wreaked havoc on our lives,” says Lansdale roofing contractor Ed Heller. “Not only was the snow a nuisance, it can also cause a lot of damage to our homes’ roof and siding. You may not think your home suffered any damage, but don’t wait until the first rain of the spring to realize you have a leak or loose shingle, or damage to your siding.”

If this happens, water could get inside your home and cause damage, making the repairs much more costly than they would have been, had the problem been caught right away.

So how can you make sure your home didn’t suffer damage from all of the snow and ice of winter? By simply calling your trusted building and remodeling contractors at Heller LLC. Some problems require a trained eye to spot, and it may be more cost efficient for you to hire an expert to hunt out the problem. Contractors will know the places to look for damage, saving you time.

“Did you know that two feet of snow can result in up to 38,000 pounds of pressure on your rooftop?,” says Heller. “That amount of weight can cause serious issues and even collapse. But the weight of the snow isn’t the only thing you need to think about.”

Ice dams are a common problem we can encounter during the winter. They occur as melting snow refreezing, building up as ice in gutters. It can then create a clog, leaving nowhere for additional snow and ice to go. As the water freezes, it expands and can sometimes break the seal between the drain pipe and gutter. Additionally, ice dams can be created under the shingles of a roof, which can lead to leaks in your home.

Once the snow starts to melt, water can seep through your roof, leading to rotting of roof materials, damage to your insulation, destroyed gutters and flooded attics.

It is also important to remember that the older the roofing or siding is on your home, the more likely there is to be damage after a particularly bad winter. They are more susceptible to damage from high winds and a roof’s shingles will become brittle as the age, making it easier for them to blow off or break.
Just as they will with your roof, a licensed contractor will be able to carefully inspect your home’s siding for damage caused by the winter weather. Small cracks or gaps can happen that may only be visible to an expert, but if not repaired, could cause serious damage to you home.

Once the sun shines brightly again and temperatures start to rise, don’t wait to call your roofing and siding experts to inspect your home. They can quickly repair any issues the snow and ice may have caused, giving you peace of mind.