Winter Roof Problems and Solutions

Even a strong, reliable roof can get some rough treatment in the winter. Snow, ice, and wind all come with the season and give your roof a hard time. There are some common winter roof problems and solutions of which you should be aware to protect your roof each year, and so that you know when you get help.

Ice Dams

Ice Dam and Icicles on Roof

Winter Roof Problems and Solutions.

Many people think icicles are pretty, but they’re not really good for your roof. They can be signs of ice dams–collected ice on the edge of your roof that prevents proper water drainage. When your roof is too warm, the snow and ice melt and run down, only to re-freeze at the roof’s edge. That ice dam stops water from draining off, so it builds and seeps into the roof, attic, and home. The best defense against this is good attic and roof insulation to prevent the heat in your home from rising, and warming the attic and roof.

Wind

High wind speeds can happen all year, but winter often brings rough, cold wind. This air can wreak havoc on your roof. If you have any loose shingles, they can become dislodged, and even fly off. Tree branches can be blown down onto your roof, causing even more damage. The best defense against the wind is to make sure that any overhanging trees are trimmed, and have a professional roofer inspect your roof for signs of loose shingles.

Moisture, snow, and ice are just a few of the potential winter roof problems you could encounter. To learn more about winter roof concerns, and for solutions to any of your roof problems, call (719) 368-7654 for professional roofing services in Colorado Springs, CO.