Four common winter roofing issues – and how to fix them

It’s a harsh fact: Winter is hard on your roof! Between the wind and the snow and the ice and the frigid temperatures, your roof can take a beating during these months, causing winter roofing issues. But there are ways to keep your roof in good shape through the winter months and avoid expensive repairs come springtime. So what does the average homeowner need to know about common winter roofing issues?

Here are four common winter roofing issues and how to handle them. Read on:

Ice dams

Most homeowners have heard of ice dams and probably know enough to try and prevent them (or at least know they are undesirable). Ice dams are common winter roofing issues but the good news is, there are things you can do!

Ice dams happen when the top part of your cold roof starts to thaw but the bottom part is still frozen (like on a cold but sunny day). The ice and snow melts, then refreezes as it flows down – creating the ice dam. This can cause leaks and other damage. You can help avoid ice dams by having a properly ventilated and insulated attic!

Windy weather

While you can’t control the weather (wouldn’t that be nice!) you can make sure you head in to each new season with a properly inspected and maintained roof. By replacing missing, loose or damaged shingles, and making sure everything is in tip-top shape, you have a better chance of avoiding issues during windy, winter storms.

Debris

You probably love the trees in your yard, right? We don’t blame you. But, in the winter, snow, ice and winds can cause your lovely trees to damage your roof. Make sure your trees aren’t touching or overhanging your roof and that they are trimmed and pruned. And make sure there isn’t mold or mildew on your roof (yes, you can clean your roof!) so it can be in optimal condition.

Attic condensation

In a blog about common winter roofing issues, why are we talking about attic condensation? Because they are connected! Cold surfaces (in your attic) meeting warm air means you WILL get condensation – and condensation is a fancy word for water, which NO homeowner wants. An attic that isn’t properly ventilated and insulated is prone to condensation, which can lead to mold and mildew – or even leaks. So make sure you have your roof professionally inspected!

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