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Common Roof Problems You Should Check for After Winter

Common Roof Problems You Should Check for After Winter

Winter can take a toll on even the newest roofs, and an even more significant toll on roofs that are getting on in years. One of the best ways for a homeowner to maintain their roof and make sure it lasts as long as it's meant to last is to inspect their roof for signs of damage once winter is over.

Winter wind storms, thermal expansion and contraction, and especially ice dams can all cause wear and tear on a roof. Ice dams occur when a buildup of ice prevents the roof from draining properly, creating pools of standing water that can eventually seep beneath the shingles. Having an accumulation of leaves or other debris on your roof can make ice dams more likely to occur.

Roof problems caused by winter conditions can easily turn into a very expensive fix if not addressed as soon as possible, before they are exacerbated by summer storms. The Ottawa roofing contractors at Sanderson Roofing recommend that you check for these four common roof problems at the end of every winter:

  • Leaks. If your roof is prone to ice dams over the winter, then it will also be prone to leaks come spring and summer. Once water has found its way under the shingles, it will continue on into the attic and cause water damage. Water stains on your ceiling or on your walls are a telltale sign of a roof leak.

  • Punctures. A roof puncture -- a hole that pierces several layers of your roof -- can put your home at serious risk for major leaks. Roof punctures are more likely to happen if you have trees on or around your property, as strong winds during a winter storm can break branches and hurl them at your roof.

  • Blistering. Roof blisters occur when rising temperatures trap air and moisture (left behind by ice dams) between roof layers. Blistering is more likely to occur on low-sloped and flat roofing in Ottawa due to the way the roofing system is layered and built-up.

  • Missing or Damaged Shingles. Finally, at the end of every winter you should check to see if any roofing shingles on your Ottawa home are damaged or missing. Shingles that are bent, broken, curling, disintegrating, or completely gone are a sign that your roof is in need of repairs.


If you notice any of the above problems, then you shouldn't hesitate to get them fixed by Ottawa roofers as soon as possible. Even if everything looks fine at first, it is a good idea to get your roof inspected after winter by a professional. Ottawa roofing companies are familiar with signs of roof damage that the average homeowner may not be likely to notice.

Sanderson Roofing is a trusted name for roofing repair, residential roofing, and commercial roofing in Ottawa. Contact us today for a thorough roof inspection or a high-quality repair that will help your roof last for many years to come.


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