As the weather warms up, it’s time to think about some of the winter roofing issues you may have neglected. If not addressed, these issues can cause real problems later when the weather turns cold again.
The issues weaken the roof, let in moisture, and leave your home vulnerable to leaks and other damage. They also shorten the roof’s lifespan. It’s stressful dealing with a roofing emergency such as leaks when the cold weather sets in. Here are some of the issues to fix now.
When the warm interior air meets the cold exterior air, the water in the warm air condenses. This happens mostly in homes with a flat or pitched roof where the snow and ice have melted and left the roof cold. The condensation can cause mold, mildew, and rot. It can also weaken the roof deck over time. Avoid these issues by using a roof dehumidifier to lower the interior moisture levels. A roofing contractor can also install a waterproof membrane to reduce the condensation.
Have the roof inspected for damage if you had hail storms in winter. The hail has likely damaged your roof, even if it looks fine from the ground level. Let a roofing contractor inspect and make any necessary repairs. If you have insurance, the policy may cover the cost.
Improper ventilation causes moisture to build up in your roof, causing mold, mildew, and rot. Upgrade your ventilation system to remove the moist air from your home. A roofing expert can help you choose and install the right ventilation system for your home.
Ice Dams and Icicles
Ice dams form when the snow melts on the roof and then refreezes. It blocks the water from flowing off the roof. Icicles also form when water drips from the edge of the roof. Both create an unsafe situation that requires fixing as soon as possible. The ice dams and icicles can damage your roof and gutters. They also make it unsafe for you to walk on the roof. To avoid these issues, keep the gutters clean and clear of debris. Install a roof de-icing system to prevent ice dams from forming. Also, make sure the roof is properly insulated to keep heat in.
The flashing is the material that seals the edges of the roof. It’s usually made of metal or plastic. Over time, the flashing becomes worn and starts to leak. The damage is more pronounced around chimneys, skylights, and vents. Inspect the flashing around these areas and have it repaired if necessary. Signs that the flashing is leaking are water stains on the ceiling, peeling paint, and mold.
A Pest Infestation
Pests such as squirrels and rats can destroy your roof. They chew through the material to make their nests, weakening and damaging the roof. They can also get inside the attic, where they chew wires, insulation, plumbing, and other items. Inspect the roof to identify any areas that pests have damaged. Carry out repairs and take steps to prevent a reinfestation.
Fallen Tree Limbs
Severe storms in winter can damage trees. The limbs break and fall on your roof, damaging it. Have any fallen tree debris and damaged limbs removed. This will prevent further damage to your roof. Additionally, trim tree branches close to the roof to prevent them from breaking off and damaging the roof.
Always Inspect The Roof After The Cold Season
You can avoid many of these winter roofing issues by having your roof inspected and repaired after the winter season. The exercise keeps the roof in good condition and identifies potential problems. You’ll avoid more costly repairs in the future and prolong its life.