Winter weather is especially hard on your roof. The constant freezing and thawing of the snow and ice can create several problems which can lead to costly roof repairs if not addressed.
Here are six common problems your roof may face over the winter season:
Problem #1 – Condensation
When warm air meets the cold surface of your roof, condensation can occur. Unfortunately, an improperly insulated attic is a popular area for condensation to form, which can cause mold and mildew. To prevent this from happening, check the ventilation in your attic. Inadequate ventilation can damage your roof, the decking and encourage ice dams and shorten your roof’s overall lifespan by half.
Problem #2 – Flashing Leaks
If you have a sloped roof, you may be no stranger to leaky flashings. Flashings are the strips of metal that are placed along the front edge, corners and ridges of your roof and around your chimney and skylights. If the flashings are not properly installed or you experience a strong storm, they can start to pull away from your roofing material and cause a water leak. Homeowners should aim to inspect their flashings every six months to help prevent this from becoming a problem.
Problem #3 – Strong Winds
When wind speeds are high, they can start to loosen and shake your asphalt shingles. If you notice shingles or other parts of your roof on the ground, contact us as soon as possible to have your roof repaired before more damage occurs.
Problem #4 – Tree Limbs
If you have a lot of trees in your yard, you’ve been blessed with beautiful, year-round scenery. It also means you’re susceptible to some of the dangers large trees can impose on a home. Sometimes, overhanging tree limbs can scrape the surface of your roof and damage its protective top layer. To protect your home and family, make sure to trim any branches that come within six feet of your roof. It will also keep the critters from scampering across the roof and trying to enter the roof for Spring nesting.
Problem #5 – Ice Dams
Ice Dams are a result of the upper areas of an icy roof begin to thaw when the lower perimeter areas are still frozen. Melting ice and snow from the warmer sections of the roof flows down and re-freezes on the lower sections and gutters creating an ice dam. As water pools behind the dam, it’s likely to leak into your home through cracks and joints in the roofing material causing damage.
There isn’t any way to eliminate the possibility of ice dams completely. Although, with proper insulation and a good attic ventilation system they can be minimized.
Problem #6 – Icicles
Icicles are also typically formed by sunny days and sub-freezing temperatures. They may look neat, but they can pose a real danger to people and pets. Often the result of clogged gutters and downspouts, their excessive weight can cause roofing and gutter damage. To discourage icicles from forming, keep your gutters clear of leaves, needles, and other debris. When the warmer weather arrives, keep up on your gutter maintenance to avoid leaking and other problems during spring rains.
Not sure how your roof is handling the Winter weather? Contact the professionals at Nauman Contracting & Roofing at 570-476-7606. Our dedicated team of roofing experts will be happy to talk you through your roof’s potential problems and suggest the appropriate preventative repairs.