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Roof Repairs You May Need After A Hard Winter

Nora Mcdonalid

Roofing shingles are made to withstand winter weather conditions, including snow and cold temperatures. However, as roofs get older, winter conditions are more likely to cause damage. Much of this damage can be repaired, but you do need to be on the lookout for damage so you can address it early before it gets worse. With that in mind, take a look at these common roof repairs you may need after a particularly hard winter.

Nail Pop Repairs

Nail pops are when roofing nails rise up out of the roof surface. They look like they have popped up. Usually, these nails are still holding the shingles in place, but water can seep in around them, leading to rot and tiny leaks. Nail pops are common after winters when the temperatures vary a lot. All of the temperature variation can cause nails to get pushed out of the wooden underlayment as it shrinks and expands, again and again.

A roofer can fix nail pops by removing the offending nails and pounding in new ones an inch or two away. You don't want to just pound the same nails back down, as they are likely to pop up again.

Lifted Shingle Repairs

Sometimes the shingles along the edge of the roof may start to lift after a hard winter. This can happen if a little water gets under the edge of the shingle and then freezes, causing the shingle to lift. A roofer can solve this issue by cementing the raised shingles back down and, in some cases, adding a couple more nails. It's important to have this repair made ASAP since driving rains can get under lifted shingles and cause pretty substantial leaks.

Loose Flashing

Flashing needs to be securely attached to the roof to prevent leaks. Sometimes a little water might get behind it, freeze, and pry the flashing away from the roof surface. By the time spring comes, you can see an obvious gap between the flashing and the structure it was placed around. Flashing is tough to repair, so roofers usually remove and replace bent flashing. It's better to do this now than in a few months when water is seeping behind it.

Winter can be a beautiful season, but it is also a season that's hard on roofs. Check your roof out each spring and see if it needs any of these common repairs. If it does, know that you're not alone.

Contact a residential roofing company to learn more. 


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Every job is different. But we should all be able to agree that most professions in this world are necessary. Take roofing, for example. It definitely has its upsides and its downsides when you're up on the roof. It's nice to watch things come together as you're nailing shingles onto the surface. But of course, it can be tiring, too. Luckily, there are plenty of people who think the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to roofing as a profession. Therefore, we all have roofers to work on our homes when needed. You can learn more about roofing right here on this website.