Snow, Ice, and The Cold Winter Weather

Prevent roof damage by taking care of your roofing system.

The New England weather, especially the south shore, can create significant roof damage to your home. Whether it’s ice, hail, the accumulation of built-up snow, or the winter cold, it is always best to get ahead of the curve. Here are some tips and advice on how to manage these problems and find the best solutions when it comes to your damaged roof.

1.   Is Ice Dam Formations Causing Your Roof Problems?

Ice dams are the formation of thick ice that accumulates at the lower edges of the roof. This happens when snow is melted by the interior heat of the home, and then frozen again. Once the ice refreezes, the water is trapped, allowing it to creep under the roofing shingles, causing the leaking and further damage. An ice dam can form with as little as 2 or 3 inches of snow. Early prevention is the best way to prevent these formations from occurring. Here’s how;

  • Insulate and ventilate your attic space.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts in late fall.
  • Remove snow from the edges of the rooftop.
  • Install heat trace cables in the gutters to keep melting snow flowing.

Although gutters are not believed to be the direct cause of ice dams forming, they do play an important role in the concentration of the ice and water build up. By following these 4 helpful steps, you too can prevent your home and your pockets from being damaged.

2.  Are Icicle Formations Causing Backups?

Icicles are caused when there is excess debris that has built up over time in the gutter and downspouts. When this occurs, water that has melted from the roof can not drain properly, resulting in the backup and refreezing inside the gutter. These conditions can cause significant shingle and gutter damage, as well as, a hazard for people walking below.  By eliminating roof-top air leaks and installing better insulation, you will reduce the formation of icicles and ice dams on your home.

3.  Solving Condensation Build-Up In your Home Attic.

Condensation is the main reason why your roof is suffering from winter build-up and causing icicle and ice dam formations. It usually takes place just at the bottom ridge of the roof and spreads throughout your attic. When this happens, moisture builds up and can lead to excessive wood-rot and mold. The build-up is a clear sign that you have heat escaping from your living space, which will cause the melting and ultimately refreezing of the water, causing the icicle and ice dam formations. The best way to solve moisture build up in your attic and protect your roof is by ventilation.

4. Is Your Rooftop Overloaded With Heavy Snow?

Roofs are made to handle all different capacities of weight. An excess accumulation of snow and ice on top of your house can cause a high risk of roof collapse. Heavy wet snow can be a problem, but lighter snow that forms large drifts can be an even worse problem, creating significant pressure and resulting in a weaker roof. Over-stressed roofs that begin to leak and show strain, causing ceilings to sag, are sometimes due to poor roof drainage or poor roof installations. When you notice leaks, sagging ceilings or poor drainage on your home, you should not wait. Give a professional roofing contractor a call to schedule a date for them to look at it.

Conducting inspections and maintenance are crucial before the winter season begins. Being proactive in preventing future damage to your roofing system can protect your investment and reward you in the long run by minimizing repairs and maximizing the life of your asphalt shingles.


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