Roof of HouseIf you live in an area that goes through distinct seasons throughout the year, like Northern New Jersey, you need to be aware of the impact that weather has on your roof. Each season brings its challenges that you can prepare for if you know what to expect. That is why New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc. has created this guide so you can help prevent seasonal roof damage.

Winter

Without question, the season that can bring about the most damage to your roof is winter. The freezing temperatures, ice, and snow all can contribute to the deterioration of your roof. One of the biggest threats to look out for is ice dams. An ice dam forms when snow melts after coming into contact with your warm roof, and the water collects in your gutters. Once away from the warmth of your house, the water freezes again, creating large blocks of ice. These dams can cause damage to your gutters and tear out shingles. Excess water that is backed up by the dam may also begin to seep into your house. Having a properly insulated attic will help reduce the risk of ice dams, as will making sure your gutters are clear of any blockages.

Spring

When winter turns into spring and all of the snow melts, it’s a great time to check the status of your roof to see if there has been any damage done. It’s important to make the proper repairs quickly because spring usually comes with a lot of rain. If you have missing or damaged shingles, the deluge of water can find its way through the openings in your roof and seep into your house. If you notice any pools of water collecting on your roof, it could indicate that something may be wrong with your drainage system or that your roof is sagging in some areas and needs to be inspected.

Summer

As temperatures start to heat up, so do the threats to your roof. The humidity that comes with summer creates the perfect environment for fungus and algae that like to grow on roof shingles. These substances can weaken the support structure of your roof. To prevent fungus from growing, make sure your roof is well ventilated to get rid of any excess moisture. The powerful UV rays from sunlight can also have a negative effect on your roof. Asphalt shingles are susceptible to warping and cracking, which creates holes where water and air can enter into the house.

Fall

The autumn season is a popular time of year for people to have their roofs repaired or replaced in preparation for winter. There are still some hazards that come with fall that you should look out for. When the leaves start to fall from the trees, they can get caught in your gutters, creating clogs that can cause ice dams to form during the winter. Make sure to clear out your gutters before it gets too cold. Fall can also bring storms with strong winds that can blow away or split your shingles. Evaluate the status of your shingles so you know they can withstand heavy storms.

Be Prepared For Any Season

If you notice seasonal damage on your roof, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. At New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., we can provide a roof replacement using high-quality materials so your home is protected year-round. If you have any questions about our services or would like to receive a free estimate, please contact us today.