The Most Common Winter Threats to Your Roof

The Most Common Winter Threats to Your Roof

Winter can present all sorts of challenges to homeowners in Hudson Valley, New York. Residents often spend significant amounts of time taking care of plowing their driveways and salting their sidewalks just to be able to go about their day. But of all the areas of the home that can be impacted by harsh winter weather, the roof is oftentimes the biggest target. The roof serves to protect your home from the elements. This also means that it is the most likely to sustain damage from those elements. Here are some of the most common threats to your roof in the winter:

  1. High Winds

Wind may not seem like that big of an issue at first, but at high enough speeds, the wind is capable of tearing off parts of your roof in a matter of seconds. Shingles and flashing are critical to the integrity of your roof, but both are often impacted by winds. Depending on the strength of the storm, high winds can even cause trees and branches to crash into your home, potentially knocking large holes into the roof in the process.

  1. Hail

Hail is another thing that may seem unimportant in small amounts, but when dealing with hail that is large in size and abundant in quantity, it can actually cause a lot of damage to your roof. In the aftermath of a hailstorm, it isn’t unusual to find significant impacts to your shingles, flashing, and ridge caps.

  1. Snow and Ice

Finally, snow and ice are generally the most well known and expected threat to your roof, but not everyone understands the full extent of this danger. When a substantial amount of snow falls onto your home, it can put significant weight on your roof, so much that it actually can lead to a collapse. In the meantime, ice can create blockages in your gutters, trapping water on your roof and leading to water damage.

While some of these impacts can be fixed, some may require you to have the roof entirely replaced. Large holes or damaged areas of your roof leave your family exposed to the elements, which is especially dangerous in the winter. That’s why at Peak Construction, we are equipped to handle such situations quickly and efficiently, giving you and your family some much-needed peace of mind. For assistance from our experienced roofers, simply contact us via our website, or give us a call at 845-896-5496.