Winter Roof Readiness: What to Watch Out For

Winter gifts us with postcard-perfect views, but it also hands out some major punishment on many things, including our homes. Cases of roof damage often grow in number during and right after the cold season. To avoid winter roof damage, roofing companies offer these pointers on what to watch out for.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Ice DamsIn many areas around the U.S., ice dams present a problem every year. Ice damming happens when snow on the top part of the roof melts while the lower edges are still cold. The snowmelt refreezes on those edges, trapping water and forcing it to back up under the shingles. This can cause all sorts of water damage issues. If your roof has ice dams, it’s likely that you’ll see them every winter, but you can reduce the possibility of their formation by improving your attic ventilation and insulation. Ice damming is often the result of heat trapped under the roof.IciclesIcicles may look charming in a picture, but they present a hazard to people and animals. To prevent icicle formation, keep your gutters and downspouts clear of clogs. It may also help to install a gutter-heating system.Overhanging TreesTree limbs get heavier with snow, so make sure to trim those overhanging branches that can touch your roof. The heft and movement can scratch your roof or worse, puncture it. If a tree is leaning dangerously close to your home, ask a professional to remove it (you might need a permit for this) or apply a brace to prevent an accident.WindIn many parts of the U.S., winter winds can cause damage to roofs, lifting shingles and exposing the roof to water damage. If you experience strong winds in your area, ask a professional to check your roof for damage so they can apply immediate repairs or a roof replacement.CondensationAn attic with poor ventilation is prone to ice dams. But in areas where snowfall isn’t heavy, a poorly ventilated attic can still have a problem: condensation. This is formed when warm air gets in contact with a cold surface. A little condensation might not be a problem, but a lot can cause serious water damage and the formation of mold and mildew.Oberg Roofing & Remodeling Inc. is ready to help you with winter roof readiness. We can also install steel roofs, which have great solar reflectance and can help melt snow more quickly. Call us today at (320) 204-2264 or try our toll-free number (888) 687-5980. We work with home and business owners in Sauk Rapids, MN.

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