Winter is easily the most challenging season for a roof. The colder season’s weather patterns can take a toll on even the most durable of systems. To avoid more complicated roofing concerns, it’s important to know what problems your roof will potentially face this winter.
Advanced Roofing Inc, one of the top local roof repair contractors in Naperville, lists five of the most common roofing problems during winter.
1. Ice Dams
Ice damming occurs when heat escaping from the attic exits only at the top part instead of all throughout the roof. When this happens, snow melts but then freezes again as it reaches the edge of the roof. These ice dams can cause a host of problems, such as blocking the gutters, adding unnecessary weight on the roof edge and exerting pressure on the shingles.
2. Flashing Leaks
The thin metal strips that protect the most vulnerable parts of sloped residential roofing systems are equally at risk, if not even more so, during winter. That said, by the time winter arrives, the flashings may already be so damaged that even something as simple as packed snow can loosen them.
It’s a good idea to have the flashings checked and replaced once they show signs of wear and tear. This is to avoid leaks that can potentially damage the roof over the course of the winter season.
3. Freezing Gutters
This is another fairly common problem in winter that stems from ice dams, which are caused by improper attic insulation. Ice dams cause severe blockages that can outright damage the gutters. Fortunately, solving your ice dam problem prevents gutter freezing in the first place.
When warm air meets a cold surface, condensation will occur. While usually this is a minor issue, too much condensation can cause moisture to build up within the shingles, damaging them over the course of the winter season. Installing insulation addresses this problem although we recommend waiting after winter before you install the new insulation.
5. Hail Damage
Though rare, the damage your roof will sustain when hail strikes is largely inevitable. Fortunately, you can reinforce your roof against it by performing preventive maintenance. By heading off problems, you ensure your roof can withstand even the most serious cases of hail damage.
Advanced Roofing Inc. will help keep your roof in good condition this winter season. We also offer commercial flat roof repair. Call us today at (630) 473-3008 to learn more about our services. We are one of the top local roof repair contractors in Naperville, IL, and in other parts of Illinois.