How Ice Damming or Other Roof Damage Can Create Water Damage Problems For Four Home!
A majority of the time we don't think twice about our roof, although the roof is the main staple to protect our home against the intrusion of water. The roof is constructed with several protective layers of materials, the main material being the roofing shingles. This is the number one defense against water damage.
Shingles can be damaged in multiple different ways. Old-age, strong storms, and ice damming are among the most common. Windy weather conditions can cause shingles to detach or lift up giving water access to the interior of your home, resulting in catastrophic damage to your attic space and in worst cases the living areas. Completing a visual inspection after heavy storms will decrease the odds of shingle failure. Some things that you should be looking for are ripped, torn or missing pieces of shingle. During the winter months ice damming can become a big issue. An ice dam is formed when snow accumulates on your roof. The layer of snow that is in contact with the shingles starts to melt due to heat loss from your home. When the water reaches the gutter it freezes creating an ice dam. Water continues to melt and get caught by the damming with nowhere to go. As it freezes the ice starts to expand lifting up the shingles, allowing the water to enter the home. Most damage resulting from an ice dam can go unnoticed for a long period of time, mostly because the water travels down the walls between the drywall and insulation. Controlling the amount of snow build up will decrease the odds of an ice dam from forming. Old age can be a factor as well.
One of the most common roofing shingles are asphalt shingles. These shingles have a lifespan that ranges from 20 to 30 years, if properly cared for, though the manufacturer only gives a 15 to 25 year warranty. If you have found any damage to your shingles you may want to consult with your local roofing contractor for repairs or replacement. Keeping bushes and trees cut back away from the roof as well as removing any mold or mildew with a light pressure washing treatment will help extend the lifespan of shingles.
There are many signs of water damage. The most common for roof leaks are brown or black spots on your ceiling, sagging sheet-rock, separation of the seam tape and wet insulation. If you have noticed any signs of water damage to your ceiling it is very important to not be in that area for the sheet-rock may collapse resulting in serious injuries and bodily harm.
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