It only takes one Maryland winter to discover that winter roof damage is a problem here. And when left unchecked, the worst cases of winter roof damage can cost a homeowner several hundred, or even thousands of dollars. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure that you do not fall prey to winter roof damage this year or any year.
If you worry about winter roof damage in Ellicott City or the neighboring area, reach out. The friendly, expert staff at EC Roofing & Home Services are happy to assess the extent of the damage and provide a free estimate for repair. We’ll even give you helpful tips on making sure your roof lasts through the winter.
What is Winter Roof Damage?
This damage is the result of heavy snow on your roof trapping water as the interior heat of your house melts the bottom layer. If your roof is in disrepair, has seen one too many Maryland winters, or is simply old and might need replacing, the water damage caused can extend beyond your roof and into the ceilings and walls of your home. The problem becomes more complicated — and potentially more expensive — when damage occurs to skylights, flat roofs, or iced-in gutters. Unfortunately, once the damage is done, it is often irreparable, and the whole roof or gutter system must be replaced. As soon as you see signs of winter roof damage it is vital that you reach out to a professional.
How Can I Prevent This?
If your rooftop is new and in good repair, the best way to prevent winter roof damage is to remove the heavy snow and ice that are the root causes of water issues. Maybe you have seen or heard about people doing this with snow shovels, or even with rock salt or chemicals. But the fact is, using a shovel on your roof can damage the tiles or shingles. And salt chemicals can cause lasting damage to your roof and gutters. And of course, both of these options can be very dangerous. Climbing a ladder on a winter day to shovel snow off of a pitched is a recipe for disaster! This is why it is always better to contact a professional, preferably one with years of experience, like EC Roofing & Home Services.
Is It… Too Late?
As December rolls on and heavy snow approaches, it is important to assess the potential for roof damage. How old is your roof, and how many winters has it been through? Are there signs of cracking in your ceiling or walls? Do your gutters routinely ice up and become blocked in the winter? If you are worried about winter roof damage in the Ellicott City area, contact EC Roofing for a free estimate today, either online or by calling us at 410.237.8046. Prepare yourself–it’s never too late!