This past winter season was extremely rough on roofs; Minneapolis roofs saw turbulent wind storms, as well as wet weather and freezing temperatures. With high wind storms right before winter there were a lot more dented materials for water to collect in before freezing, expanding those dents. This type of weather pattern may have caused roof damage that won’t be visible until the snow melts. Once Minneapolis temperatures reach the thaw point, there are signs of winter roof damage you should look out for.
Checklist for winter roof damage in these areas:
- Top floor of house
- Roof line along gutters
What signs of damage look like in the attic
Your attic should never feel damp like a basement can. Any sign of moisture in the attic is a good indication that there is a leak or condensation building up. Check around any vents and where your chimney meets the roof for signs of water damage or active leaks.
If your house has large icicles in winter it is important to check for any damage caused by potential ice dams. Some of the most problematic winter roof damage can be related to ice dams. If ice dams have caused severe roof damage you would be able to see water damage along the edges of your attic floor.
Top floor of house signs of water damage
If you can’t get into your attic, the top floor of your house is the next best place inside to check for winter roof damage. Look for any signs of water damage around skylights, bathroom fan vents and where walls meet the ceiling. Water damage in these areas could look like warped or bubbling paint, discoloration, or flaking plaster. If you have wallpaper, check at the seams Sometimes signs of leak damage can look like a dried wet patch but is still leaking water into the home.
Check the Foundation for water damage
Any new cracks in your foundation could be a sign that water is not draining off your roof or into your gutters properly. If you notice new cracks in the foundation please get them inspected immediately.
Roof line along the gutters
If your gutters typically have icicles during the winter it’s important to check your gutters for any spots that are hanging off the roof line or are warped. Dented or damaged gutters will not drain water off your roof properly, some of these
Signs of roof damage
Getting on a ladder to check for roof damage can be dangerous, especially if there is possible damage to the gutters or roofline. It is always better to schedule a roof inspection if you think there may be damage but if you use a ladder to check please be safe and follow this ladder safety guideline.
If you notice any missing or out of place shingles especially where the underlayment is exposed, these are signs of damage that might be easily repaired. More pressing signs of damage are any areas with stagnant water or areas that looked bowed. Another sign of a potential leak is shingles that do not lay flat against the roof, any curling or peeling away from the roof is a sign of a potential leak. If any underlayment is ripped this needs to be repaired as soon as possible, this means your roof is not waterproof and is letting water leak into your roof. Another indicator of possible roof damage is any large debris that has been on your roof for an extended period or time.
Not all signs of damage are as obvious as pooling water or missing shingles. All the different materials that make up your roof work together to keep water out of your home, if any of these get damaged it can affect the entire roof. Debris can wear down coating on shingles or waterproof caulking. Take note of any shingles that seem smoother in texture or darker in color, these are signs of potential damage.
If you notice any of these signs of potential leaks it is important to get an inspection done, in some cases small leaks can be repaired, but if left alone they can cause serious damage that could lead to needing a roof replacement or structural damage to your home.
If you notice any of these signs of possible roof leaks schedule a roof inspection.