How to Avoid Falling Victim to These Common Winter Roofing Problems

Winter arrived with a bang this year, burying many homes in snow before residents even had the chance to break out their winter coats. You can prepare your roof for winter by having yearly inspections, but that won’t always help when severe weather hits. Below is a list of common winter roofing problems and what you can do to avoid them.

common winter roofing problemsMonitoring your roof for signs of damage and collapse when snow starts to fall is crucial, and so is working to prevent serious problems. Roof replacement can take a few days to two or more weeks depending on the severity, and it’s much more difficult for residential roofing contractors to work in winter. If something does happen to your roof, you could find yourself having to flee to a hotel or friend’s house until roofing repair is possible.

Here are two common problems to be on the lookout for, and how to deal with them before they endanger your roof:

Condensation
Condensation can get trapped throughout the year between layers of roofing. Though this won’t be a huge problem when it’s warm, moisture can seep into wood and other porous components of your roof and freeze, expanding cracks and making your roof unstable.

Condensation usually causes minor leaks at first, which you can check for in your attic. Look for signs of moisture on the ceiling as well as holes and musty smells. Left unattended, leaks spread water around the rest of the home, increasing the potential of condensation damage in the winter.

Making sure your insulation is properly ventilated can cut down on condensation, as can patching small holes on your roof or around skylights. You should also have your roof inspected by a residential roofing contractor.

Ice Dams and Icicles
Ice forms on your roof when the heat inside your home melts the inner layers of snow on your roof. Water drains down to roof gutters and downspouts areas along the eaves which remain cold and freezes there, creating heavy dams of ice that can damage the integrity of your roof. When ice dams fill up, they begin to drip down as icicles.

If snow starts to melt and your roof is leaking, it may be because the ice worked its way under your shingles and is melting underneath your roof’s protective layer. To prevent this, you can either wait for warm weather, or use a cold fan in your attic to reduce the temperature difference. If you can safely use a rake on your roof, you can scrape some excess snow away, but don’t try to shovel or hammer the ice apart.

Residential roofing experts can provide you with several ways to winterize your home. If you’re interested in hearing what residential roofing options can get you through the winter, contact Rock’s Roofing, Inc.