The long-awaited first day of spring is just around the corner. There’s no doubt that when spring arrives, the weather begins to change and roofing companies all across the country begin to fill up their schedules. This is certainly true here in Nashville at Tim Leeper Roofing. To ensure that your roof gets the care it needs year round, it is essential to keep a close eye on its condition. In today’s blog, we would like to share with you a list of common problems that affect roofs during the winter. If you notice any of these problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to our roofing contractors. Unrepaired problems will only be exacerbated by snow, cold, wind, and rain and should, therefore, be addressed ASAP.
Common Winter Roof Problems
Strong, cold winds can be damaging. And if your roof is not completely prepared, it can easily be damaged. Typical conditions often include asphalt shingles becoming loose and even displaced. Ideally, to gauge how susceptible your roof is to these problems it is best to perform a thorough roof inspection. However, as we all know, this isn’t always a viable option in the winter. Until this can be done, do your best to keep an eye out for any loose shingles or pieces of shingles that may have blown off.
Although ice dams are not a weekly occurrence here in Nashville, they are not entirely unseen. When this happens, the upper layers of an icy roof begin to thaw while the lower areas freeze. As the water flows down, it freezes once again, causing an ice dam. These can create water pools that can leak into your home, inflicting serious (and costly!) damage to your home. Although it can be hard to completely eliminate the risk of ice dams, you can greatly minimize the risk with proper attic insulation and ventilation.
What do you get when you combine sunny winter days with subfreezing temperatures? Icicles, of course. Although icicles can add a somewhat aesthetically pleasing border around your roof, they can also wear your roof down. Not only can they cause damage that necessitates gutter and roof repairs, but they can also pose a threat to the people below. To prevent icicles from forming, keep your gutters free of all leaves, twigs, and debris.
Flashing problems are responsible for a significant portion of roofing problems. This is especially true for those who have sloped roofs. When flashing is not properly installed or performing as intended, water can leak into the roofing deck and then the attic and home, which will require costly home and roof repairs. Most roofing companies suggest that you inspect your flashing strips every six months. Problems with flashing can be hard to spot from the ground, so it is important to get up on your roof and perform a close-up inspection. If this is something you don’t feel comfortable performing, do not hesitate to contact Tim Leeper Roofing and schedule your roof inspection.
Like anytime during the year, trees always pose a risk to your roof. While they can look great in your yard, they can be a bit unpredictable when strong winter storms come through. That being said, there are certainly some tree care precautions you can take to reduce the risk of trees damaging your roof. For example, if you notice any overhanging tree limbs, cut them back. Similarly, if you spot any heavy branches that may fall on your roof, consider trimming or removing them. The issues caused by heavy branches can cause some serious roof damage.
During the winter, the warm air in your home can clash with the cold surface of your roof, especially if your roof is not properly insulated. When this meeting takes place, the condensation-concentrated area can act as a breeding ground for unwanted effects like mildew and mold. These effects can be unsightly, potentially harmful to health, and damaging to the attic and to the integrity of your roof. To prevent this from happening and to improve the lifespan of your roof, make sure that your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated.
Remember that during the spring and warm seasons, roofing companies are quite busy. Schedules can fill up quickly, limiting flexibility. Keep an eye out for any roofing problems caused by winter. The snow, the ice, the freezing, and the thawing can cause a number of roofing problems. Promptly performing roof repairs after a hard and blustery winter can make all the difference. Being on top of your roof repairs can be the difference between some rather inexpensive roof repairs and costly roof replacements.
Contact Nashville’s roofing contractors today for all of your commercial and residential roofing services!