A Philadelphia Roofing Contractor must plan ahead for a variety of winter weather activity. While we may love a good snow day, our region will experience everything from torrential rain, sleet, and freezing temperatures all the way to sunny skies. And we know we will occasionally suffer from intense and violent weather, such as hail and high winds. Such occurrences can damage your roof, and a leaking roof can, in turn, cause greater damage to your home.

Russell Roofing and Exteriors will always promote prevention through annual inspections; but you may need a roofing contractor after a Philadelphia Winter Storm. Any time you suspect roof damage, it’s important to schedule an inspection by a qualified roofing contractor.

Don’t Wait Until You Discover a Leak

Any time there is a bad storm, take the time to look for visible damage. Hail, wind, ice, and falling objects can cause damage that does not immediately create a noticeable leak. Outside, look for cracked, damaged, or missing shingles. Also, inspect your gutters and downspouts for dents and an accumulation of roof granules. Inside, you may discover wet insulation, water spots in the attic or ceilings, or damp framing. Nevertheless, a leak does not always make itself immediately known. Water can drip behind walls and may appear as a wet spot in the basement. In the winter, water can accumulate in the attic as ice, melting in warm weather and causing a leaking ceiling without rain.

Hidden Danger from Storm Damage

While a leaking roof can cause damage to drywall, framing, and building materials, there is a greater threat. According to FEMA, “Toxic carbon monoxide, or CO, an odorless, colorless gas, may be trapped in a home by damaged venting systems, endangering the people and animals that live there”. Every year, hundreds of Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands more are hospitalized. When a roof venting system is damaged from severe weather, the gas can build up in your home, endangering you and your family.

The Bottom Line

While not always immediately apparent, identifying roof damage is generally easy in most situations. So, after the next bad storm, take the time to look for broken and missing shingles, dented gutters, and damaged roof venting systems. If you discover anything unusual, contact Russell Roofing and Exteriors, roofing contractor serving Philadelphia for a full inspection.