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As your home’s first line of defense against the elements, your roofing system can easily sustain a significant amount of damage as time goes by. After all, the wind can cause your shingles to blow off, the sun’s UV rays can eventually cause its granules to lose its protective properties, and rain can cause leaks if there are cracks in your roof. However, those aren’t the only things that can damage your roof; weather events such as hail, ice and snow can do so as well.

Here are the different ways hail, ice and snow can damage your roof.

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According to experts, hail damage is one of the most complicated issues to diagnose on your roof. This is because depending on the size of the hailstones that fall on your roof, the damage can be difficult to see and may even take a while to manifest. However, once it does, experts say that the damage you can often see are punctures and cracks, which can compromise the integrity of your roofing system as it can allow water to infiltrate your roof.


Water in itself is already a number one problem for your roof. However, roofers say that if water is allowed to freeze on your roof, it can cause an even bigger problem for the system. This is due to the fact that significant ice build up in one area can stress the components of your roof such as the flashings and other accessories. With that in mind, make it a point to prevent ice from forming on your roof to avoid the damage that it can cause. 


Believe it or not, snow can also cause problems for your roofing system. Apart from melting and turning into the ice that clings to your roof, snow can also put unnecessary weight on the system, which in turn can potentially compromise its structural integrity and cause it to sag in the process. As such, be sure to prevent snow from accumulating on your roof by having a professional remove it every now and then.

Make your search for an expert roofing company easier by turning to Century Roofing and Siding Ltd., the number one professionals to turn to when it comes to residential and commercial roof repair services. Give us a call at (613) 738-1774 or fill out our contact form to get a FREE estimate today! We serve homeowners in Ottawa, ON, and other nearby areas in Ontario.