Dealing with Some Common Winter Roof Problems on your Home

Winter can bring roof problems for homeowners in snowy areas, from ice dams to leaks and storm damage. For most homeowners, a roofing problem in Winter means more expensive repairs. It does help to identify problems on your roof and it only takes a few minutes to get your roof prepared for winter weather woes. Here are some of the problems you should be on the lookout for:

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Common Winter Roof Problems

Frozen Gutters Filled with Leaves and Debris

When you have gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris, it can create a huge problem during colder months. If you don’t clean your gutters, the leaves and debris in frozen gutters can start to pile up, block water drainage, and cause ice dams to form on the edge of your roof. Which leads us to our next point…

Roof Ice Dams

I’ve seen firsthand how clogged gutters can transform into huge ice dams that are actually dangerous. It’s a real eye-opener, realizing that something as simple as leaves can lead to water piling up and potential structural nightmares.

That’s why I’m all about that regular roof maintenance life—cleaning out gutters and slapping on some leaf guards like they’re going out of style. And let me tell you, if those gutters ever decide to play freeze tag, I’m on it faster than a cat on a laser pointer. There are even gutter warmers to prevent this as well.

Condensation in Attic

One day your attic is fine, and the next, it’s like it’s crying from all the moisture up there. I think the real trick is to stop warm air from cozying up to those chilly surfaces. It’s like telling guests at a party to keep to their own sides—keeps things comfortable.

Ensuring good ventilation and insulation is your best defense to combat condensation in the attic. It’s like putting on a winter coat and opening windows in just the right way to let the house breathe without letting in the cold. And those blocked vents? They’re practically an invitation for trouble. Clearing them is like unclogging a drain; suddenly, everything flows smoothly again.

Flashing Leaks

During winter, roofs face challenges from snow and ice and for some roof materials such as roof flashing that means expansion and contraction. Roof flashing is crucial in preventing water damage but over time this expanding and contracting can cause cracks which ends in a roof leak. Regular inspections before winter can help avoid leaks. If damage is found, contact a roofing professional promptly to prevent costly repairs.

Strong Winter Storms and Weather

Winter storms can damage roofs, leading to costly repairs just like they can in the summer. The biggest difference is that roof repairs typically cost more in the winter. Regular inspections are crucial to catch issues early and prepare your roof for winter. Preventative measures like clearing snow and adding insulation can help protect your roof as well.

Tree Limbs Falling on Your Roof

During high winds or severe weather, falling tree limbs can lead to roof damage and leaks. To prevent this, keep trees trimmed away from the roof to avoid potential harm even from branches rubbing against the roof due to ice accumulation.

Squirrels and Rats

Squirrels and rats can cause significant damage to your roof and pose various risks, including fire hazards and introducing other pests. Preventive measures like trimming trees, sealing entry points, and using traps are crucial. Regular inspections and repairs are essential to avoid costly damage. Consider professional pest control if needed to ensure your roof stays protected.

Snow Build-Up

Untreated snow build-up on roofs can lead to serious damage like cracks, leaks, and higher energy costs due to decreased insulation efficiency. Regularly check for snow accumulation and take preventive measures to avoid issues. If needed, seek professional help or use a roof snow rake to clear snow.

If you suspect problems on your home’s roof be sure to give us a call at (844) 943-2373 for roofing services.

Rick Anderson

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