There’s no doubt that winters can wreak havoc on roofs, especially older or not regularly maintained ones. Significant snowfall combined with melting and re-freezing, which East Coast residents are all too familiar with, can lead to ice dams, leaks, and costly damage.
In this article, we’re discussing three most common winter roof problems—and the preventative steps you can take to avoid frustrating and costly roofing repairs in spring.
3 Most Common Winter Roofing Problems And How to Prevent Them
ISSUE #1: ICE DAMS
Ice dams form when snow and ice build up inside gutters and along roof ridges. This ice prevents additional water from draining properly, and as it pools, it may infiltrate shingles, underlayment, ceilings and walls. While there’s no way to completely prevent ice dams, proper insulation and roof ventilation are your best preventative measures when it comes to ice dams formation.
First, it’s important to have your roof regularly inspected to ensure its integrity and confirm that water cannot seep underneath roofing materials. Second, it’s important that you have high-quality ceiling insulation, and an effective roof ventilation system. These precautions will help to maintain a constant roof temperature, lowering the chances of ice damming.
ISSUE #2: FLASHING LEAKS
Roofs can leak in many locations, but they’re most common where flashing is involved. On sloped roofs, leaks often occur along flashing sections—where metal flashing is installed to safeguard roof corners, ridges and edges. If flashing is not properly installed, or if it is blown loose during high winds or storms, it may pull away from the shingles or underlayment. As it pulls away, it leaves your roof’s underlying structure unguarded against water seepage. Additionally, flashing may simply corrode or become loose over time so inspecting it regularly is critical.
Check all flashing areas during your bi-annual roof inspection, and replace damaged or missing flashing. Flashing is relatively inexpensive to fix and replace, and you could prevent thousands in repair damages by attending to it.
ISSUE #3: MATERIALS DAMAGE
Even the most high-quality roofing material can be adversely impacted by severe storms, pooling water and ice buildup. To protect slate, tile or shingle roofing, hire a quality roofing contractor to install a high-performance attic ventilation system. Attic vents help to circulate air in and out of your home’s attic, reducing interior condensation and preventing snow and ice from remaining on your roof for long periods. Again, this is relatively inexpensive when you consider the cost of replacing interior valuables. Roof ventilation systems together with adequate insulation levels can also lower your heating and cooling bills over the long term
If your roof is showing signs of damage otherwise, know that some repairs can be handled even in winter.
Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Roof!
To protect your home’s exterior and interior structure during winter, remember to have your roof checked by a professional on a regular basis. Fall is ideal time to handle a roof inspection – and the prime time to take care of any minor roofing repairs that may be needed to keep your roof shingles healthy during the long, bitter cold.
At LGC Roofing, we’ve been offering residential and commercial roofing inspections, repair and maintenance services throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania for 30 years. We pride ourselves with expertise at making your home energy efficient, affordable and ready to withstand the elements.
Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!