It is always best to have your roof inspected at least once a year. Still, sometimes winter conditions can cause damage even if your roof was deemed sound after your last inspection. Winter is one of the most challenging times of the year for rooftops, thanks to all the intense weather conditions that exist during this season. Some common causes for winter roof damage can lead to other issues, making for a destructive cycle that will result in your roof needing repairs in the warmer weather.
At Silver Creek Roofing, we know how important it is the prepare your roof before the first snowfall. We want to help you get your roof ready for winter conditions, so contact us today! Our expert roofers will ensure your roof will protect you during the coldest months of the year.
What Are Ice Dams?
Ice dams are a dangerous hazard that can form on a snow-covered roof. The temperatures outside are freezing, but the home underneath the layer of snow on your rooftop is warm. When your home isn’t adequately insulated, or your attic doesn’t have proper ventilation, the snow and ice on the roof melts and flows down until it reaches a spot where it can refreeze. Usually, this spot is the roof’s edge or a gutter. Eventually, this process causes a prominent ridge of ice, called an ice dam, to form at the edge of your roof.
Not only is the ice dam a potential hazard because it may break off and fall from your roof to harm someone below, often the ice dam will melt slightly, causing other problems. Melting snow will seep between small cracks in the roofing and refreeze there, causing damage to the roof and the home’s interior as the water makes its way into the attic.
Ice dams can also crack or bend your gutters or cause them to pull away from your roof. Minimize ice dams and winter roof damage by preparing your roof and keeping your gutters clean in the weeks leading up to the colder months. Leaves and other debris can encourage ice in gutters and result in ice dam growth.
Why You Shouldn’t Let Icicles Form
We often see icicles portrayed as harmless, beautiful additions to your home in winter, but they are very dangerous. Like ice dams, they form as snow from the roof melts and starts to run off, freezing as it reaches colder parts of the house, usually while running off the gutters or the edge of the roof. Icicles can fall off and cause severe injury or property damage.
Ensuring your attic is well insulated and well ventilated can help stop icicles and ice dams before they form. If they do form, you should carefully remove them to discourage further formation. Remove the icicles from a safe distance; do not stand under them as you are trying to remove them, so they do not fall and injure you. Also, do not walk on your icy roof to remove icicles. Preparing your roof before the snow comes by creating proper ventilation and insulation will help discourage icicles from forming.
Do You Have Condensation in Your Attic Because of Winter Roof Damage?
If you notice ice dams or icicles forming on your roof, you will likely find lots of condensation on your attic ceiling. Attribute condensation in the attic to poor ventilation, just like you did with the ice dams and icicles. While you may think this is okay or manageable for the time, take condensation just as seriously as you would ice dams or icicles. If you do not take care of it as soon as you can, that condensation can cause water damage like wood rot and encourage mold growth, adding yet another problem to your list of winter roof damages that will need repair.
Your Roof Can Only Handle So Much Snow
Rooftops are not invincible, and they can only handle so much weight before a collapse becomes inevitable. Every home’s roof has a weight load that it can handle, and wet snow is hefty. Roofs can buckle under the weight. Sometimes, even if the roof does not collapse, it will sag. As time goes on, the sagging will worsen, and you will hear the roof creaking or notice new leaks in the roof. A roofing professional should address any signs of damage, such as unusual roof sounds, a sagging attic ceiling, or an ice dam.
Exacerbating Existing Problems
The wintertime can cause new snow damage to your roof, but it may also reveal damage that has been there for a while. Shingles that have loosened, gutters that aren’t secured, or roof flashing that has become unsecured will all worsen with the thaw-and-refreeze cycle that can occur during the winter. Winter winds are also a culprit in roof damage during this time of year, as they are intense and have ripped loosened shingles clean off a roof. Missing shingles open up spots to trap water and cause even more damage.
Prepare your roof for winter and avoid making existing problems worse by calling Silver Creek Roofing before the first signs of snow! An inspection of your roof can help you figure out how to best prepare your home for winter.
Don’t Wait If You See Signs of Winter Roof Damage!
If you notice any signs of damage to your roof in the wintertime, do not hesitate to contact our experts here at Silver Creek Roofing. While the best time to prep your roof is before winter comes, we understand that sometimes things happen, like a roof leak in winter, and your roof might need repairs at a time of year when it’s not convenient. No matter your residential roofing issues, our experts are ready to help!