The Connecticut winter is tough for everyone, but your roof takes the brunt of the punishment. Months of freezing temperatures, melting snow, and windy storms often cause leaks and other damage that don’t become apparent until warmer weather arrives. Here are some of the most common reasons you might need roof repairs in the spring.
What Roof Problems Can Arise in the Spring?
1. Leaking Chimneys
Many older Connecticut homes have brick chimneys, which often crack around the crown. During the winter, melting snow works its way into the crevices, then forces them wider when temperatures drop below freezing again.
As the spring arrives and it becomes warmer, the melting ice can leak into your home. A skilled roof repair expert can correct the issue and take steps to keep the problem from spreading.
2. Loose or Broken Shingles
The freeze-thaw cycle of late winter can cause ice dams to form on your roof, forcing water underneath the shingles. Many of the leaks caused by ice dams don’t become obvious until water streams into your attic during a spring shower.
3. Clogged Gutters
Leaves, twigs, and other debris often clog rain gutters, preventing water from running off of your roof. Pooling water freezing on your roof is not only bad for the shingles, but can also damage the gutters, facia boards, and other important features.
4. Animal Infestations
Loose flashing, facia boards, or siding creates openings for mice, raccoons, and other animals looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Not only is this unhealthy, but their nesting can cause even more damage throughout the house.
Unfortunately, you may not notice this until the spring, as the damage can be hidden by snow. Once you’ve had the infestation taken care of, call a roof repair expert to inspect the damage, correct any issues, and ensure that you don’t have this problem again next year.
Whether your roof suffered some damage over the winter or you’re building a new house, Prizio Roofing & Siding in New Canaan, CT, can help. Their owners personally supervise every roof repair project and treat every home as if it was their own. Visit their website for an overview of their comprehensive roofing services or call (203) 322-9009 to request an estimate.