Freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can cause significant problems to our roofs. Even if we don’t experience these types of weather conditions as often as other regions, it’s still important to stay on top of your roof’s health before damage occurs. You never want to be caught unaware with any emergency roofing problems!
If your roof isn’t installed correctly, you’ll have major problems when winter weather hits. You need to catch the issues before the cold arrives. Some of the more common errors include:
When measurements aren’t correct, you’re left with gaps between your roof and home. These gaps can lead to leaks from the rain or as the ice and snow melts. Not having correct measurements can also result in getting the wrong materials or not enough of what you need.
Underlayment materials can also cause problems if they’re not up to code in your area. Once a roof is installed, you also want to ensure the flashing is installed correctly before the cold weather hits. You may face leaks and cracks where the joints meet your roof if it’s old or improperly installed.
Cracks in your shingles might not seem like a big deal, but when it’s raining or you’ve got snow melting on them, they can cause major problems. Get your roof inspected ahead of time for crumbling or curling shingles and get them replaced as soon as possible. As always, it’s best to hire a professional to take care of your roofing issues, especially in the winter.
Ice dams occur when water accumulates under shingles between thaws. Snow or ice melt and then refreeze as it flows down the roof. Water can then get trapped behind the ice and work its way through the roof joints. If that happens, you’re looking at the possibility of significant structural damage.
To avoid damages, you need to check your existing roof ventilation system. You also need to make sure any existing cracks are sealed to keep water from getting in. Also, remember to remove snow and ice regularly during the winter to prevent the chance for accumulation.
A couple of other things to remember have to do with making sure your gutters are clear and trimming any overhanging tree branches. Clogged gutters can keep water from going where it’s supposed to, and tree branches can fall on your home, causing damage to your roof.
Whatever you do, you want to prevent damage and major roofing problems as much as possible, whether it’s checking for shingle damage or pruning branches to keep them from falling. Being proactive can keep your roof in check and prevent roofing issues in the new year.