Winter weather can be hard on a roof, especially if your roof is on the older side. There are several issues to look out for during the winter. Addressing potential small problems before winter weather strikes is the best way to be proactive. But, if you’re taken by surprise, a roofing contractor can help guide you through some common winter weather concerns.

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Condensation

Condensation occurs when warm air meets a cold surface. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, that warm air from your home can meet the cold surface of your roof and you can get condensation in your attic. Condensation can leave things damp and prone to mold and mildew that could eventually lead to structural damage. Small issues could turn into expensive and significant repairs if left unchecked. To prevent condensation, make sure that your attic is both insulated and ventilated.

Flashing Leaks

Flashing is the metal material around your chimney, skylights, ridges, edges, and corners of your roof. During winter storms, flashing can begin to pull away from the roofing material. When this happens, you may get water leaking into your home. Because of winter weather, your roof is more susceptible to these flashing leaks during the winter months.

Strong Winds and Tree Limbs

Winter means tough weather. Winter winds can be strong enough to damage roofing shingles. If you notice any roofing debris from shingles on the ground after a storm, it’s important to inspect the damage. Strong winds can also mean that tree limbs are a risk. If tree limbs weighed down by ice begin to scrape your roof, you may begin to notice damage, and if any of those limbs come down in a winter storm, the damage may be even greater. A roofing contractor may suggest trimming any branches that could cause obvious damage.

Ice Dams

When the upper areas of a roof begin to thaw and the lower areas of the roof are still frozen, that melting ice may run down your roof and create an ice dam at the roof edge. Water will pool behind the ice dam and is very likely to make its way inside. Ice dams are never something you should attempt to tackle on your own.

Icicles

Sunny, cold days are the recipe for icicles. Icicles are usually the result of clogged downspouts and gutters. Although they may be pretty to look at, their weight can cause real damage to your roof and gutters. Make sure that your gutters are clear and firmly attached to your home. It’s a good habit to check them at least twice a year.

When to Call a Roofing Repair Contractor

Roofing repairs aren’t something most homeowners should attempt on their own during good weather, and are definitely something to avoid in the winter. Being proactive is key, and if your roof is showing its age, it’s probably time to talk about getting a new one installed. If you notice condensation in your attic, leaks, ice dams, or sagging gutters, it’s time to call a professional for guidance.

Snow and ice are hard on your roof, and to make sure your roof lasts, you need to make sure you’re taking care of it. Awareness of the potential issues and knowing when to call for help are the best ways to keep your family safe and warm all year long. If you’re thinking about a new roof for your house this year, contact Armorvue Home Exteriors for a virtual appointment. After decades of providing high quality materials and installation services we are proud of our community reputation and excited to share the Armorvue difference with you and your family.