Spring Storms: The Most Common Causes of Roof Damage in Pittsburgh During Springtime

As the snow begins to melt, and we spend more time outside, we begin to notice how the cold, snow, ice, and changing temperatures over the autumn and winter have created damage to the exterior of our homes. Perhaps the roof of your home is showing signs of needing attention. What are the most common areas of damage on a roof, and how can they be repaired? 


Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of nearly 25 years. When the end of their expectancy approaches, their deterioration becomes more rapid. Harsh winters can be especially rough on shingles. Take some time and learn if your shingles show any of these signs:

  • Missing shingles
  • Bent or curled shingles
  • Loose granules
  • Cracked shingles

Make sure to fix any of these areas of damage before they become worse. 


Take some time and look over your gutter system. This is an important part of your roof, and shouldn’t be neglected. The gutter system is necessary is directing the water safely away from the home and keeping your foundation and siding mold and mildew free. If your gutters are clogged and full of debris, the water cannot flow freely, which can create buildup and areas of deterioration. The fasteners can become rusted, which will create holes in the gutters.

Here are some questions to ask as you inspect the gutter system. 

  • Is there debris collecting in the gutters? Make sure to clean them out thoroughly.
  • Are the fasteners beginning to rust? This is an indication of future problems, as holes can begin to form from the rusted areas.
  • Is the gutter sagging? Perhaps the fasteners have broken off, or the weight of the debris is too heavy for the gutter. 
  • Is the gutter pulling away from the home? A gutter can cause damage to the side of the roof if not addressed.
  • When it rains, does the water drip over the edge? If so, there is a buildup in the gutter which needs to be cleaned out. 

Animal Nesting

Be sure to look the roof over for evidence of critters making a home. Gutters are an excellent area for nests and animal families. Again, the gutter system should be cleaned of any debris or nests so the water can run freely and the critters can be encouraged to raise their families elsewhere. Dormant chimneys or loose flashings are other areas that animals love to call home. Insects such as termites and ants emerge in the springtime ready to potentially cause damage. Keep an eye out for them as well. 


Do you notice evidence of water leakage in your home? Perhaps in the ceiling of your attic or on the interior walls of your home? Water damage can lead to mold, mildew, and rot. Locate areas of damage on the roof and have them sealed up as soon as possible. Summer storms are coming that can cause damage to the roof, and it is best to repair than to replace. 

MHI Roofing in Pittsburgh is here to help with all of your roofing needs! We can assist you with springtime inspections to ensure the roof is sound and fully prepared to hold up to the weather conditions ahead. Let us create peace of mind for you in repairing whatever the damages may be before it becomes a crisis. Our team is experienced, insured, and knowledgeable, fully displaying the utmost level of professionalism to every customer. We strive for your complete satisfaction and desire a friendly working relationship.  Contact us today for a springtime inspection!

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