Common Winter Roofing Issues

Roof damage happens throughout the year, but the rough winter seasons in Lynchburg can be especially tough on your roof. The snow, ice, freezing, and thawing can create a lot of issues, whether it is a new roof installation or those that are decades old.  If these damages are not addressed, they can result in costly roof repairs.

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.

What Are Common Winter Roof Damage Issues You Might Have?

Condensation Causes Mold and Mildew

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 in your attic and upper floors. Proper ventilation will offer proper airflow and check condensation by reducing the amount of warm air that comes in contact with the cold roof.

Winter Roof DamageRoof Collapse from Wet, Heavy Snow

Wet, heavy snow can be damaging to your roof or the entire home. If the weight of the roof’s snow goes beyond the snow load rating, a portion or the entire structure may collapse.  Roof collapse can result in injuries or even death, not to mention expensive property damage. So, it is better to take measures before any problems occur.

Missing Shingles and Broken Gutters From 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 improving the insulation can help you in preventing ice dams.

Lost Shingles from Strong winter winds

Many roofing issues are also caused by strong winter winds. Often, strong winds will blow loose shingles off. Trees with dead limbs near your roof can also damage your roof if winds blow them off of the tree and into your home.  Make sure you inspect your shingles and remove dead branches from nearby trees.

Tree Limbs Scratching Your Roof

Sometimes, suspended tree limbs can scratch the surface of the roof and damage its upper protective layer.  Also, strong winds falling on your roof can damage it. So, to protect your family and your home, you should trim the long tree branches. This will prevent the branches from dashing against the roof.

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. 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.

How Can I Avoid These Issues?

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, our team of experienced roofers can help you address common winter roofing issues without any hassle.

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