Common Roofing Issues During the Winter

With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas, winter, and cold weather are right in front of us. There is no letting up, and you should get used to cold temperatures and snow for the next 3-4 months. As a homeowner, winter brings a whole new set of problems on your home. Winter can be even more hard on your roof. Here are some of the common problems that people see during the length of a winter season.

  1. Ice Dams: When ice on the upper part of your roof thaws and drips down, it can refreeze. This creates ice dams which can crack and damage your gutters and roof. Here are some tips to prevent ice dams.
  2. Leaks Around Flashing: Most homes in New England have sloped roofs which comes along with flashing. Flashing is the strips of metal placed around the corners, ridges, skylight, and chimneys. If aged or not properly installed winter can take a toll on them resulting in water leaks.
  3. Tree Limbs: With heavy snow, winds and ice tree limbs take a beating during the winter. This means you should make sure that no branches are near your roof or house. Fallen branches or tree limbs can cause serious damage to your home.
  4. Roofing Condensation: Heat plus cold surfaces results in condensation. This is something that frequently occurs in the winter. An improperly insulated attic is a prime location for this condensation which may lead to mold, mildew and interior structural damage.
  5. Icicles:  Also during sunny days, you’ll notice the formation of icicles. While they may look beautiful they can also cause danger to people and pets below along with your gutters. Make sure that your gutters aren’t leaking and knock down any icicles that begin to form.
  6. Snow Build Up: With big snow storms, you have to be aware of snow building up on roofs.

If you notice any roofing problems during the winter please feel free to reach out to Solid State Construction. Our team specializes in all roofing work throughout Massachusetts.

We can be reached by the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.