Winter can be hard on your roof, and by going over a spring roofing checklist, you can ensure that any winter damage is quickly and professionally repaired.
At the Roofing Center, our dedicated team of professionals throughout Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado are here to handle all your roofing needs. In this guide, we’ll go over crucial spring roofing checklist items. You can perform this check yourself or our team can come out to provide a free inspection and quote.
Types of Winter-Related Shingle Damage
There are several ways that shingles can become damaged throughout the winter. If you’re performing your own springtime roof inspection, it’s important to determine how your shingles are damaged.
If some of your shingles appear stained and discolored, this can be an indication that water is leaking in somewhere or that the roof’s ventilation system is damaged, causing moisture build-up.
Curling shingles can occur from a damaged roof ventilation system, aging, and exposure to harsh weather such as ice freeze-thaw cycles.
Flaking shingles, or granule loss, can occur over time from exposure to the elements, or from a particularly bad weather event, like a strong ice storm. The flaking exposes the layer underneath, compromising the integrity of the shingle, and potentially shortening the lifespan of the roof depending on how widespread and severe the damage is.
Shingles that are splitting or cracking are damaged from over-drying, high winds, and intense temperature fluctuations such as freeze-thaw cycles.
Spring Roofing Checklist- Eves
Shingles eves can be particularly susceptible to winter damage due to freeze-thaw cycles. As this water expansion and contraction occurs, the shingles along the edges of your roof up to a few rows up can tear, crack, and become pried out of place.
You’ll want to check out the overall look of the eve shingles. Does anything appear out of place or wonky? If so, it may be time to contact roofing pros.
Check the Valleys
If your roof contains valleys, it’s especially important to check these as winter damage can cause valley shingles to pry up, resulting in water leaking under your roof. Of course, the longer this goes without repair, the bigger a problem you’ll have. If you notice this kind of damage, make sure to call in a roofing repair specialist as soon as possible.
At the Roofing Center, we can provide the inspection, quote, and professional repair to your roof. As a family-run company with over 35 years of experience and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, you can rest assured that the job will be done safely, efficiently, and expertly.
Spring Roofing Checklist- Ridge Cap
Another important place to check for winter damage is the roof’s ridge cap. Look for any torn, cracked, or pried-up shingles. The ridge cap can be especially susceptible to winter storms that come with high winds, resulting in pried-up shingles and water damage.
Check the Gutters
Fall and winter can result in gutters clogged full of dead twigs and fallen leaves. If you’re gutter stays clogged for too long, the integrity of your roof can become compromised, leading to shingle, soffit, and siding damage.
As such, inspecting your gutters after winter is a crucial part of a springtime roofing checklist, and if your gutters are clogged, cleaning them out is a crucial springtime task.
Spring Roofing Checklist: Call in the Pros at the Roofing Center
At the Roofing Center, we know how important maintaining the integrity of your roof is. We hope this spring roofing checklist has been helpful, and if you’re in need of a springtime inspection or repairs, contact our expert roofing team today!