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Signs of Winter Roof Damage

As we approach spring, now is the time to do a critical inspection to identify signs of winter roof damage. High winds, heavy snow, excessive rain, unknown debris, and other winter issues may have caused damage over the season. Whether you want to DIY your roof inspection or hire a professional, here are the signs for winter roof damage.

Signs of Winter Roof Damage


Shingles are one of the most common areas of concern after harsh winter weather. You should take a close look at every shingle to see if they have become torn, cracked, are missing granules, or even just gone. Please note that wood shingles or shakes can also suffer from mold, decay, splitting, or curling.


Flashing is the thin material that redirects water away from essential areas on your roof. During the winter season, your flashing may have become warped, loose, cracked, or otherwise impaired. If this is the case, water may slip under the flashing and cause damage. First, you should check to see if the flashing is damaged. If it is, you need to determine where water may have leaked to.


Your gutters certainly have their work cut out for them during the winter. When checking for signs of winter damage, you should see if pieces of your roof like nails or granules from shingles are in the gutter. Additionally, any dents, cracks, or loose gutter sections will need to be identified.


Checking for mold on the roof is critical, but you should also look at your interior and exterior walls. If you spot mold or cracks in the walls, you likely have water damage somewhere on the roof.


Water is one element that can destroy nearly all human-made objects, including your house and roofing system. We recommend checking to see if water has collected in or around your home; it is called pooling. If you spot pooling, it likely means your roof or gutters are failing. Additionally, keep an eye out for water stains on the ceiling and the attic.

Wear and Tear:

Roofing systems do not last forever, and often their components have varying lifespans. During the winter, your roofing system will likely receive more wear and tear than usual. Any item that enters your roof, such as vents, pipes, and chimneys, will need to be durability checked. Rust, warping, holes, and other similar damage are key indicators that you have winter roof damage.

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