Winter can be one of the toughest times for homeowners. The months of November through February tend to create harsh storms, extreme precipitation, and sudden temperature drops, making it difficult for roofs to endure the season. It also makes it much more difficult to fix problems once they occur.
It’s not possible to control the weather, however, as a homeowner there are precautions to take to lessen the risk that it brings.
Here are 3 winter hazards that can affect your home:
1 Sudden temperature changes
Sudden fluctuations in temperature are pretty common in North Texas, but they tend to be more extreme during the winter months. Repeated temperature change can lead to significant damage to your roof.
Over time, your roof’s capacity to adjust to the temperature changes lessens, as constant expansions and contractions can shorten the lifespan of the roof. Seams can tear loose and joints begin to crack. The worst case scenario would be a roof experiencing thermal shock, which could result in the materials being split wide open. If you are already seeing signs of this, we highly recommend that you get your roof inspected as soon as possible.
2 Heavy winter winds
Winter winds can catch on to any loose points on your roof, causing a substantial threat to older roofs. Strong winds can also force moisture underneath the shingles, which could cause bigger issues down the road.
Roof surfaces can become damaged or cracked when heavier winds occur. Damaged flashing creates a seam for water to get under the surface of the roofing materials, which increases the risk of leaks in the roof and water damage.
3 Snow and ice
The threat of ice is more common to Fort Worth residents, rather than the occasional snowfall. Freezing temperatures combined with icy conditions can create more of a threat to homes, especially to roofs and gutters.
When snow/ice melts on the roof and refreezes, it can block the gutters and form an ice dam. Icicles then form because the blocked gutters are unable to drain away the excess moisture. The extra weight from icicles can tear off gutters, destroy shingles, and cause leaks in the roof.
Large amounts of ice accumulating on your roof can also affect it’s load-bearing capacity. Some indicators of a roof that exceeds maximum capacity include warped wood, sagging metal supports, as well as the roof making loud popping sounds.
As with most things, simple precautions can lower the risk of damage and save you a lot of money on repairs down the road. It’s important to be sure your home can withstand the brutal winter and keep your home safe and warm. Whether it’s a free inspection, or an after hours emergency… HammerHead Roof is here to help you.