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Avoid Property Damage with an In-depth Roofing Inspection


Winter weather can do a number on roofing materials. Not only can it damage your metal roofing panels, but it can also destroy flashing and gutter systems. With spring rains right around the corner, this type of roof damage can make a property ripe for internal water damage as well.


For this reason, at this time of year, it’s recommended that you have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor. He or she will be able to identify trouble spots on your roof, then make any repairs or replacements that are necessary.


What Problems Should You Look Out For?

Winter weather can damage a roof in a variety of ways. Some of the most common types of damage brought on by winter weather include the following:


Panel/Shingle Damage

Whether you use asphalt shingles, metal panels, or otherwise, the material that takes up the bulk of your roof is at the biggest risk for winter weather damage. Whereas asphalt shingles can warp, crack, and fall off, metal panels can rust, sag, and curl up at their edges.


As such, at the end of every winter, it’s important that you have a processional roofing contractor take a close look at your roofing materials. Even a single inconsistency could lead to future water damage. In these situations, timely repairs are extremely important.


Flashing Damage

Flashing is the material that’s installed between two roofing planes. It prevents water from leaking in between those planes, thus preventing water damage over time.


Unfortunately, the wear and tear of winter can have quite an effect on flashing, sometimes causing it to tear away from the roof entirely, or, in some cases, tear away from the roof just partially.


If flashing is torn away from your roof, you will need to have it repaired or replaced. Failure to repair or replace it will soon result in internal water damage, which could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars in damage.


Have your roof inspected by a professional roofer and ensure that everything is in proper order. If a repair or replacement needs to be made, it’s best that you take action immediately.


Gutter Damage

It’s not just the roof itself that can be damaged by winter weather, but the gutters as well. Snow, rain, and a variety of other entities can place strain on the gutters throughout the winter season, causing them to dip and sag. This can put stress on both the roof and the sides of the building, causing them to crack and deteriorate slowly.


In addition, if you use metal gutters, there’s a chance that they could rust. This is particularly true if snow has sat in them for a long period of time. This rust damage can lead to holes, which can lead to poor drainage and a variety of water-related issues over time.


Make sure to have your gutters inspected before the spring rainy season begins. Substantial amounts of rain could do quite a bit of damage to your property if your gutters aren’t functional enough to filter the rainfall in an organized manner.


Utilize Our Roofing Services Today!

If you’re looking to purchase new roofing materials, we here at Chicago Metal Supply can assist you. We offer a variety of metal roofing materials, including standing seam metal roofing, coping, flashing, perimeter systems, and much more.


Contact us today to discuss your needs!

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