A lot of damage can happen to the roof of your home during winter, forcing you to get roof repairs. However, if you take the appropriate steps before the first snowfall or as soon as the temperatures drop, you can prevent the most severe damage. Homeowners insurance usually covers some roof repairs, but you need to know exactly what your policy states. You also need to follow the advice of your roofing contractors. Let’s look at some of the things you need to know about roof damage in winter.
Roof damage during winter can include:
1. Formation of Ice Dams
When you warm up your living spaces, some of the heat reaches the snow on your roof shingles. The snow melts and drips onto the colder part of the roof and then refreezes as ice. As this ice thickens into a dam, more melted snow gathers behind it. This snow goes under the shingles, causing water to eventually seep through the roof.
2. Formation of Icicles
Icicles result from the same conditions that cause ice dams, but they lead to a different type of roof damage. They damage shingles and gutters and can also break and fall on people passing below.
5. Worsening of existing roof damage
Freezing, thawing and snow load can loosen already shaky shingles or loose roof flashing.
If your roof gets damaged, you’ll want to file a roof damage insurance claim. Policies vary in what they cover but holes, missing shingles, and leaks caused by a storm are usually included. Many policies cover the cost of a new roof, but some may only pay for the current value of your roof which can be significantly less. Know what your policy says before you file a roof damage insurance claim.
Contact Arvada Roofing and Home Improvement today for a free roof inspection after a storm. Reach out to us for an estimate before you file your roof repair insurance claim.
We’ve been offering residential roofing services in Arvada, CO and surrounding areas for more than ten years. We know exactly what to look for and how to advise you. Contact us today for evaluations, preventative maintenance or large-scale repairs.