The elements inflict a lot on your roofing system, particularly during the winter. Snow, ice, sleet, and high winds have the power to do serious damage and necessitate costly roof repairs and related issues. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the most common winter roofing issues to stay safe and dry this season.
5 Wintertime Roofing System Issues to Be Aware Of
1. Ice Dams
Ice dams form when cold snow meets hot, uninsulated attic air and melts, only to refreeze along the edge of your roof. The weight of these dams puts stress on your roof while also increasing the chances of leaks. If your roof is older and the weight of ice dams and snow is severe enough, it could result in a partial collapse.
A lack of quality attic insulation and ventilation not only causes ice dam formation, but it also contributes to humidity because hot air has nowhere to go. Excessive attic humidity provides the ideal environment for mold and mildew growth. Melting snow and ice that leak into your roofing system also create condensation that also results in mold and mildew formation.
3. Flashing Leaks
The metal flashing around your chimney, skylight, or other applicable areas expands and contracts when it is not installed correctly or has passed its expiration date. This increases your roofing system’s susceptibility to leaks and water damage.
4. Broken & Missing Shingles
High winds rip loose shingles from your roof, exposing the underlayment and causing leaks. Strong winds can also loosen older shingles that are starting to buckle. Survey your home’s perimeter after a winter storm for scattered shingles so you can schedule roof repairs before serious leaks occur.
5. Gutter System Damage
Your gutters play an integral role in your roofing system because they direct rainwater and melting snow into adjoining downspouts and away from your home. Gutters clogged with leaves, twigs, ice, and snow cannot do their jobs, resulting in melting snow that backs up under shingles or pools around your home’s foundation.
If you require roof repairs to protect your system from Jack Frost’s icy hands, contact Buckeye Home Services in Dayton, OH. The home remodeling and roofing company provides residents throughout the Miami Valley with services they can depend on from bonded, insured, and courteous contractors. Call (937) 586-6600 today to schedule your roof repairs or visit the team online for a free estimate. See the company’s latest projects on Facebook.