Spring is here, and as the weather gets warmer and the snow melts away you may notice some signs of issues on your roof. Winter is often the most difficult time on your roof and spring is the perfect opportunity to inspect and identify potential causes of leaks.
Once the snow melts signs of deterioration your roof may become obvious both inside and outside. Some of the most obvious signs are stained ceiling tiles and water dripping on the floor. On the outside, you may see loose flashing, split seams or soft insulation.
Here are a few reasons your roof may be leaking this spring
Snow removal Damage: Over the winter you may have had to remove the snow from your roof in the hopes of protecting the structural damage of your building. But if you did not enlist the help of the professionals you could have been doing more damage that good. If you shoveled your roof with a shovel with a metal edge you may have cut the membrane which can result in roof leaks.
Debris Damage: heavy winds during the winter can cause your roof to be littered with the debris of all kind. From tree branches to whole tree limbs debris can become trapped under a layer or snow or ice in the winter. As the snow melts these branches and other debris can damage your roofs the form of tears and rips in your roof’s membrane.
Deteriorated Flashing: Flashing is an integral part of your roofing, but this may be one of the weakest parts of your roofing system so it is important to inspect them carefully especially after a long winter. Damaged flashing can allow for water to creep in the cracks of your roof and cause damage to the interior of your property. During the spring, it is important to look for cracks or splits in flashing seams and membranes being pulled away from walls and penetrants.
Freeze and Thaw Cycle: Throughout winter and into early spring the cycle of freezing and thawing is never ending. This back and forth can wreak havoc on your roof’s membrane. The expanding and contracting of the materials can cause shrinkage which can then pull the membrane away from walls and separate them at the seams. This causes areas for water to get in and creates leaking in your roof.
If you experience a roof leak this spring, contact the trusted professionals at Robbins Roofing. With over 6 decades in the business, you know your roof is in good hands with Robbins Roofing Contractors!