Your home’s roof is one of the single most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It provides your home with a number of benefits, including providing your home with curb appeal & resale value, boosting your home’s insulation, and protecting your home from inclement weather. However, with so many different kinds of weather in Massachusetts, it can be tough to know how different conditions will effect your home. If you’re interested in learning more about how different weather conditions affect your home, keep reading below for more information!
The first kind of weather that comes to mind when you consider your roof is rain. Easily one of the most destructive weather conditions for your homeowners, rain can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time if your home’s roof is in poor condition. It can often be difficult to spot small cracks and leaks in your roof until you begin to see water spots or other signs of damage, and at that point, the damage has been done. Once you begin to see water spots in your attic or ceiling, there has been significant damage within your roof deck that will need to be repaired or replaced, to keep your home in good condition! To help protect your home from water damage, have your home’s roof inspected at least once a year to ensure that there are no leaks that you hadn’t noticed.
In the same vein as rain, snow can be a similarly destructive weather condition due to the moisture issues that it causes. While snow can also become heavy as it piles up over the course of the winter, which can break your roof if there is underlying damage, the main concern when it comes to snow is ice dams.
Ice dams are formed when the heat escaping out the top of your home begins to melt the snow on your roof. Over time, this melted snow runs down your roof to your gutters, where it refreezes. This process repeats itself until the ice dam comes so large that it is able to hold water on your roof that stays heated enough to remain in liquid form. This means that the ice water has a chance to sink into your shingles and roof deck where it can cause the same damage that rain would. If you’re interested in protecting your home from ice dams, the best things you can do are to insulate your attic so it remains the same temperature as the outside air, or to install measures to help melt the ice dams, such as heating cables.
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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this spring, our team at North Shore Window & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out today for more information about our services by calling us at (617) 628-7204 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!