Common Roofing Issues in the Winter

Snow is pretty to look at and it can be nice to stay inside and keep warm with family and friends, but winter weather can create problems for your roofing, which can escalate if not addressed in an appropriate amount of time. While many of us focus home winterization efforts solely on heating and cooling costs, we should take the time to prepare our roof for the colder months.

Here are some of the more common problems that impact roofs during the winter.

Condensation

Condensation occurs when a cold surface meets warm air, and improperly insulated attics are victims to condensation forming, leading to mold and mildew. Condensation can be prevented by making sure your attic has proper ventilation, which is important to keeping your roof healthy (and helps to control indoor temperature and save on your home heating and cooling costs). What does improper attic ventilation do to your home?

  • Damages your roof
  • Creates ice dams
  • Reduces your roof’s lifespan

Shingle damage

Once the warmer weather comes along, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected to determine whether your roof made it through the winter undamaged. Your shingles might have been impacted, suffering from cracks, bruises, blisters and other problems. These must be repaired to make sure your roof’s structure is maintained, and to avoid having to install a new roof.

Ice dams

These are fairly common over the winter, and are the result of ice and warm accumulating on the roof and under the shingles. Ice dams form usually when the roof’s upper areas temperature is at above freezing and lower areas are below freezing. The melting snow from the upper sections flows down, refreezing on the roof’s and gutters lower sections. The backed up water can leak into your home, and cause severe damage.

The possibility of ice dams can’t be completely eliminated, but their formation can be minimized with proper insulation and attic ventilation, keys elements in a powerful defense.

Icicles

Icicles form in the same conditions that ice dams do, and are often the result of clogged gutters and downspouts. They are a danger to people and pets, and the excessive weight they generate can damage your roof and gutters. Deterring their formation can be done by keeping your gutters clean of leaves, twigs and other debris.

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