How Temperature Drops Affect Roofs

Reliable Roofing, Siding and Windows Explains What Could Happen To Your Roof With Decreasing Temperatures

When the weather becomes cooler the temperature drops, and this change has its own unique effect on roofs just as the warmer temperatures. A significant decrease in temperature that results in frost, ice and snow can impact the roofing material. There are a number of changes that occur to your roof, and a different set of concerns emerges when the colder temperatures arrive. It can lead to structural damage, leakage and poor drainage. Roofing maintenance Stoughton shows you what to expect from your roof when the temperature decreases.

What To Expect When The Temperature Drops

You know that it’s going to get colder, so you’ll probably be checking that your heating is working and that your fridge is fully stocked so that you won’t have to run out in inclement weather. But have you inspected your roofing system to ensure that it can hold up to the incoming weather and dropping temps? Below are some of the things that Reliable Roofing recommends you keep an eye on during the winter season in order to make sure your roofing system lasts as long as possible.

Ice Damming

Ice dams are a pervasive and damaging winter roofing problem typically caused by a combination of a poor attic or roof ventilation and warm attic space. They can also be exacerbated by a clogged or poorly draining gutter system. If ignored, ice dams can cause serious damage to your roof, gutters, paint, insulation and interior drywall and other surfaces. Preventing ice dams usually requires improving ventilation and insulation and removing heat sources from the attic.

Thermal Shock

Thermal shock happens when you take a material that has poor conductive qualities (like ice, glass, ceramic etc) and subject it to extreme temperature changes. Because ice and glass are both brittle and poor thermal conductors (meaning they do not diffuse heat as well as a good conductor like metal), the molecular structure expands (in increased temperatures) or contracts (in decreased temperatures). If the material is a bad conductor it will do so in an uneven fashion, pushing the material into shapes it cannot withstand without significant stress.

Keeping up with roof maintenance will help you extend the life of your roof by as much as 25% and mitigate situations that could lead to thermal shock. Consider the fact that for every dollar invested on roof-related preventative maintenance, it is estimated that you can save five dollars in re-roofing costs. There is no better time to request a free roof evaluation to determine how winter weather affected your roof and how you can extend the life of your roofing asset.

Sudden Leaking

You can sometimes notice that the winter season brings snow and ice that can gather on the roof. Ice usually acts as a sealant and so in most cases winter freeze can cause leaks to cease temporarily. Nevertheless, as soon as the temperature increases, the ice will begin to melt, this can be sudden, heavy leaking from a roof rapidly inundated with moisture can occur. If punctures have occurred from thermal shock, it will likely go unnoticed until the heavy leaking happens.

Whether you have an old roof, new roof, or even a fancy green rooftop, wear and tear is unavoidable. There will be rainstorms, long winters, and heavy winds. With the right care, every roof should have the ability to keep your family warm and dry for decades. Visit our website for information.

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