It's Going To Be A Rough Winter: How To Check Your Roof For Blizzard Damage

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Winter is on its way, and according to reports, it's going to be a rough one. According to most weather sources, this winter is going to be colder and snowier than in previous years. If you live in a snowy region, it's time to get prepared. It's particularly important that you prepare for some blizzard conditions. That preparation should include knowing how to inspect your roof for snow and ice damage. You might not realize this, but sustained blizzard conditions can destroy your roof. The best way to protect your roof is to inspect it after each storm. You may need to wait until the snow is removed from your roof. However, once the snow has been removed, you should conduct a thorough inspection for signs of damage. Be sure to inspect from the ground, though. The blizzard could have left your roof slick and dangerous. Here are the steps you should take to look for signs of blizzard damage on your roof.

Look for Damaged Shingles

The cold and wet caused by the blizzard could have caused significant damage to your shingles. That's why it's important that you inspect them for damage as soon as possible. You'll want to look for the following signs of damage.

Bubbles

While the snow was on your roof, the water from melting snow could have soaked through your shingles. If that has happened, the water may be stuck under your shingles. You'll want to look for signs of bubbles on the surface of your shingles.

Looseness

If the blizzard brought strong winds, some of your shingles could have been removed from your roof. Look closely for areas that might be missing shingles.

Slickness

You might not realize this, but the high winds and the melting snow could have also removed asphalt granules from your shingles. Look for shingles that appear to be shiny in the sunlight. That's a sign that a significant amount of granules are missing.

Inspect the Inside of Your Home

Once you've inspected your roof, you should also inspect the interior of your home. Damage to your roof during the blizzard could have spread to the inside of your home. This is particularly true if your roof has a significant amount of snow that has melted.

Ceilings

Check your ceilings for signs of fresh water marks. The fresh water marks are a sign that your roof has been leaking while the snow has been melting.

Walls

If you've had a significant amount of melting snow, the water could have also been leaking down your interior walls. Look for water stains on your paint, or for bubbling under your wallpaper. These are both signs that the snow has caused leaking into your home.

Exhaust Fans

Finally, you'll want to look at the area around your exhaust fans, including the one over your stove and the ones in your bathrooms. If you've got water seeping around the edges of the fans, or you've got puddles on the ground beneath them, the blizzard caused roof damage that has led to leaks in your home.

For more information, talk to companies like 5 Star Roofing.

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