Winter is suppose to be behind us, but it’s not! These are the words that homeowners hate to hear. Winter does a lot of damage to a home’s roof. Snow and ice will lead to several problems and can require costly roofing repairs when they’re not addressed at the right time. We’re going to explore some of the biggest threats that winter weather poses for your roof, so that you can be prepared to respond in time.
Moisture is not a problem for all roofs, but it is a problem for many. When warm air comes across a cold surface, then condensation is formed. When it comes to your insulated attic, you will find that a lot of condensation is going to be created. This can lead to mold or mildew. To prevent condensation, make sure that your attic is properly ventilated at all times.
Anyone with a sloped roof knows about leaky flashings. These are leaks in the strips of metal that are along the front edge, ridges, and corners of your roof. They’re also around the chimney and skylights. Flashings are more prone to leaking when they’re not installed right. Be sure to inspect them every six months to prevent a future problem.
Winds, particularly strong winds, pose a huge threat to your home. When wind speeds pick up they can shake and loosen your asphalt shingles. When shingles are coming loose on your home, you want to address the issue as soon as you possibly can.
Yes, they’re pretty. But they’re also killer. Tree limbs can scrape the surface of your roof and also damage the protective top layer. To protect your family and your home, you want to make sure that branches that come within 6 feet of your roof are always trimmed. This will also keep the critters from scampering overhead.
These are perhaps the worst gift that winter gives to our homes. Ice dams are apparent in the form of icicles that form on the edges of our roofs. They are the result of an icy roof that begins to thaw, when the lower perimeter areas are still frozen. Melting snow and ice from the warm parts of your roof flow down and freeze yet again in the gutters, creating dams. Water pools behind the dam and this leads to leaks in your home. Good attic ventilation is going to help to prevent this.