Common Winter Roofing Issues

Winter can take a toll on any roof, new or old, but it can be even worse on older roofs. If the issues are not addressed in time since problems caused by winter conditions can easily turn into a very expensive fix. You should consider a number of things while installing or maintaining your roof during winter.

You can prevent winter roofing issues only when you identify them early. Unfortunately, many property owners are unable to identify the problems before they become major issues. Here are some common winter roofing issues that can be easily identified along with how to prevent them.


Insufficient ventilation results in condensation. Condensation is caused when hot interior air meets the cold underside of a roof open to winter temperatures. It can also result in a musty smell or growth of mold and mildew. The best way to fight this issue is to have proper ventilation. Proper ventilation will offer proper airflow and check condensation by reducing the amount of warm air that comes in contact with the cold roof.

Ice dams

Ice dams are caused by temperature variations. They are formed when the top surfaces of the roof are warm enough to melt the snow while the lower ones remain below freezing. The water runs down the roof, freezes and turns into ice dams in areas where the edge of the roof meets the gutter system. Proper ventilation and increasing the insulation can help you in preventing ice dams.

Strong winter winds

Many roofing issues are also caused by strong winter winds. They can damage your roof by simply blowing off any loose shingles. Trees with dead limbs near your roof can also damage your roof from strong winds.  Make sure you inspect your shingles and remove dead branches from nearby trees.

Leaks in the flashing

Flashing is the aluminium pieces around your chimneys, vents, pipes and edges of the roof.  They are designed to bridge the gaps between the roofing materials and exposed surfaces to keep the moisture out. And leaks are common in winter with to the freeze-thaw process. You can prevent leaks in the roof flashing by inspecting and making repairs before the winter season.

It’s a good idea to hire an experienced roofer to inspect your roofing system before winter.  They have the right knowledge and experience to address the issues without causing any damage. They will also suggest tips for keeping your roof in good condition during severe winter months. At All Phase Roofing and Construction, we are a team of experienced roofers who can help you address common winter roofing issues without any hassle.

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