With the arrival of cold weather moving through the mid-west, it’s a good time to consider how snow and ice can affect your roof.

Winter weather can surely have a direct effect on the condition and structure of your roof. It is important for homeowners to be able to understand the signs of weather damage, to recognize these signs, and to take necessary action to repair your roof if it becomes damaged from severe winter weather. Some common signs of roof damage include broken shingles, missing shingles, dents, cracks, holes, and leaks in the roof. These types of damages can be the result of heavy winds, ice dams and excessive accumulation of snow on your roof.Snow can contribute to excessive damage to your roof shingles by way of melting and refreezing into ice. When the snow melts and then refreezes, it allows a great deal of moisture to get into the shingles which then expands and wears out the shingles much faster than normal.