Louisiana has had record low temperatures throughout these final months of winter. The good news, however, is that it’s almost over!
As warm weather approaches, it is always a clever idea to inspect your roof for any possible damages that may have occurred from the ice, snow and the freezing temperatures.
How Does Ice Damage a Roof?
Damages to roofs are not uncommon following winter weather. This is caused from the extra weight of wintry precipitation sitting on top of the roof for days or even weeks at a time. Additionally, rapid temperature changes cause pieces and parts to expand and compress, ultimately weakening them and leaving the roof in less than sound condition.
How to Inspect a Roof for Ice Damage
You do not have to be a professional to identify many common indicators that your roof needs repair. If you are not comfortable with heights, simply grab a pair of binoculars and look for signs like:
- Loose or missing shingles
- Pulled nails that may be sticking up from the roof
- Flashing around chimneys and vents
- Gutters and downspouts are attached properly and not full
If you feel comfortable getting a closer look, grab a ladder, but be sure to have another person keep it steady and secure. Once on your roof, walk its length, starting with the lower parts and working up to the crown looking for indications including:
- Damage to shingles
- Warped shingles or soft spots in the roof
- Missing or loose shingles
The most effective practice in protecting your home is to act quickly. If you see any of the above signs or anything out of the ordinary, have a professional such as Cribbs Inc. come to inspect your home. A second opinion from a skilled roofer could save your house and prevent further damages which could cost a fortune.