By 2penn, Feb 25 2019 08:42PM
Winter weather can cause havoc on your roof. It is important to know that snow and ice, as well as freezing and unfreezing, can be the source of several problems for your roof. More importantly, if these roofing problems are not addressed in a timely manner, your roof may need costly repairs. The following are six common roofing problems that can occur in the winter season:
Problem #1 Condensation
Condensation occurs when a cold surface is met by warm air. For instance, condensation can occur because of an improperly insulated attic. Unfortunately, condensation can lead to mold and mildew, which can damage the interior structure of your home. However, you can prevent condensation by ensuring that your attic is properly ventilated. Inadequate ventilation in your attic can damage your roof and shorten your roof’s overall lifespan by half.
Problem #2 Flashing Leaks
Flashing leaks can occur if you have a sloped roof. If you did not know, flashings are the strips of metal that are found along the front edge, corners, and ridges of your roof. Flashings are even found around your chimney and skylights. It is important that your flashings are installed properly because they can start to pull away from the roofing material and can cause leaks if they are installed incorrectly. You can prevent leaks by inspecting your flashings every six months.
Problem #3 Strong Winds
Strong winds can be dangerous for your roof. Asphalt shingles can be shaken and loosened when wind speeds pick up. If you notice damage or see shingles or other roofing material on the ground, you should repair it as soon as possible before it leads to bigger, more costly problems.
Problem #4 Tree Limbs
If you have trees in your yard, you’re at risk for damage that large trees can cause. The surface of your roof can be scraped by overhanging tree limbs, which can cause damage to your roof’s protective top layer. Smaller branches that end up falling on your roof can cause problems as well. You can protect your roof, home, and family by trimming branches that come within six feet of your roof.
Problem #5 Ice Dams
Ice dams can occur when the upper areas of an icy roof begin to thaw and the lower perimeter areas are still frozen. For instance, melting snow and ice from warmer sections of your roof can flow down and re-freeze on the lower sections of the roof, as well as the gutters, which creates an ice dam. Water then pools behind the dam. This pooling water is likely to leak into your home through cracks and joints in the roofs, which can cause damage. Damage from ice dams can my minimized by with proper insulation and a good attic ventilation system.
Problem #6 Icicles
Sunny days and sub-freezing temperatures can form icicles. Icicles may be a piece of art, however they can become dangerous to people, as well as pets. Roofing and gutter damage can be a result of clogged gutters and downspouts. It is important to keep your gutters clear of leaves and twigs.
Two Penn Painting and Roofing
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