While spring translates to warmer weather and flowers in bloom, it also brings along cloudy days and even stormy weather. Your roof may have made it through yet another winter here in Kansas City, but a new season has arrived that may bring an onset of troubles along with it.
If you haven’t taken a close look at your roof for a while, these are a few of the most common issues you may face this spring season:
Missing Shingles from Wind Uplift
During the winter, strong winds that gust through Kansas City can pull shingles right off the surface of your roof. This is especially the case if your roof is old or experienced significant sun damage from last summer. This scenario can cause the adhesive to lose its power and will ultimately peel away from your roof.
Once the snow is completely gone, step outside with a pair of binoculars and look over your roof for missing shingles. If you’re feeling brave, you can crawl up on your roof and take a look around—but don’t hesitate to ask a professional for assistance.
Roof Damage from Ice Dams
Ice dams are one of the biggest issues with winter roofing problems, but their damage lingers way beyond the coldest months of the year. After ice dams melt, the water may make its way underneath your shingles rather than exiting through your gutter system. If your roof is in fact damaged from ice dams, you’ll notice damp spots underneath the roof sheathing or even on your ceilings.
Interior Water Damage
When it rains it pours—especially when you’re having trouble with your roof. Kansas City experiences over 8 inches of precipitation throughout April and May, and this rainfall can cause a lot of havoc on your home and roof.
One of the easiest ways to detect if you have water damage on the inside of your home is to check for ceiling stains. Moisture will stain ceilings and walls brown, yellow, or even grey. You’ll also find peeling paint on your ceiling or walls.
It’s also a good idea to crawl inside your attic and investigate for damage in this area. If the rafters are damp, this often means that there is a leak somewhere in your roof. It may also signify that your roof ventilation is compromised and adequate airflow is no longer making its way through your attic.
If you’re unsure whether your roof will protect your hone this spring, it’s best to seek the advice of a professional roofing company. This can potentially save you a significant amount of money before small spring roofing problems turn into serious issues—which may require entire roof replacement down the road.
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