What Your Roof is Up Against This Winter
Winter weather is right around the corner, and that means your roof will be facing some new challenges. It's important to be aware of these issues and take steps to address them before they cause damage to your property. Read on as we discuss some common winter roofing problems and how to fix them.
Condensation can be a big problem in winter, as the cold air outside and the warm air inside your home create the perfect conditions for moisture to form on your roof. This can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can weaken your roof and cause serious damage.
To prevent condensation, make sure your attic is well-ventilated and insulated ahead of the winter season.
Signs of a poorly ventilated roof include:
- Mold growth
- Curling shingles
- Roof sagging
- Consistent HVAC issues
- A warm attic
If you notice these signs, we recommend giving the Honest Abe Roofing team a call to come take a look at your ventilation before colder weather rolls in.
Ice dams can form when the snow on your roof melts and then refreezes, creating a dam that prevents water from draining properly. This can lead to leaks and serious damage to your roof.
To prevent ice dams, make sure you clear any snow and ice off your roof regularly during the winter months. Keeping your gutters cleaned will also help with water drainage.
Read more: A Solution to Roof Drainage Issues
Flashing is the metal or plastic strip that is used to seal the joints in your roof. Over time, these seals can break down, allowing water to leak through. This is especially common in winter when the freezing and thawing of ice can cause the seals to break. To prevent flashing leaks, have your roof regularly inspected and schedule repairs for broken seals as soon as possible.
With the winter season comes harsh weather. This weather can take a toll on your roof, causing damage from high winds, hail, sleet, and snow. To protect your roof from severe weather, make sure it is in good condition ahead of the winter months. Scheduling an inspection will allow our team to spot and repair any issues that could make your roof more susceptible to winter damage.
If you experience a roofing emergency this winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
As the weather grows more and more severe, the risk of a tree limb falling on your home increases. Strong winds and the weight of snow and ice can cause branches to break and fall. It's important to remove any tree limbs that are hanging over your home before the winter season begins in order to avoid a fallen limb disaster.
Just like you seek shelter from the harsh winter, so do pests! Pests can be a big problem during this season as they look for ways to get into your warm home. Mice and rats are especially common, and they can cause serious damage to your property if left unchecked.
To prevent pests from getting into your home, make sure your roof is properly insulated and that all cracks and crevices are sealed. This will also help keep your home warmer.
Roof Maintenance This Winter
Get ahead of winter roofing issues and bring the Honest Abe team in today! Whether you’re in need of an inspection, insulation, or repairs, we’re here to make this winter your safest and warmest yet. Contact us today to book your first appointment.