At any given time of year, your roof face faces several threats that can compromise its performance. While these challenges are worth preparing for and against, they become increasingly difficult to deal with whenever winter starts. Today, we take a look at some of the dangers your roof may encounter during this time and ways you can prevent them as recommended by roofing contractors.
They form whenever the snow melts and freezes again as it flows down your roof. The icicles you see on the roof edges may look beautiful, but they can tear down gutters, eaves and shingles. They can damage your roof, attic and your home’s interior walls. The best defense for this common winter problem, however, is ensuring proper ventilation. A roofer can determine whether the attic has functioning vents.
Too much snow can spell trouble for your roof regardless of whether it is a sloped roof or a flat rubber roof. Snow piling up to several feet thick will eventually exceed the roof’s load-bearing capacity. This leads to creaking sounds, window and door cracks, bowed ceiling and, ultimately, roof collapse. Fortunately, your roof rake will be your handy tool, especially if you live in an area that experiences heavy snowstorms.
Strong winds during heavy snowstorms can lead to shingles being torn off, loosened or broken. They can also cause damage to flashings, especially those located along the ridges and rakes, which are more exposed to the wind stream. To prevent shingle blow-offs, make sure to invest in a roofing material with high wind performance ratings. For instance, choose shingles with a warranty on wind damage up to 130 miles per hour.
In the event of a winter roofing emergency, turn to Solid State Construction. We provide reliable repair and replacement services, making sure that you get the best roofing system that will protect your home from the elements. We are also one of the leading window replacement companies you can rely on if you want to give your home an updated look or a boost in energy efficiency.
Call us today at (508) 581-3798, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents of Littleton and Sudbury, MA, and the surrounding areas.