Winter Roofing Problems to Watch Out For

winter roofing problemsThe Snohomish area isn’t the coldest region in the U.S. Temperatures, though, do become frigid enough to cause unwanted roof issues. We’ll identify common winter roofing problems and the causes behind them.

Causes of the Most Common Winter Roofing Problems

1. Powerful Winds

Older shingles can rip away from the pressure of strong winds. Loose asphalt shingles can partially or completely peel away. If you see peeling or missing shingles the day after strong winds, then you need to phone a roofer.

2. Condensation

Condensation forms when air comes into contact with a cold icy surface. If the attic below isn’t sufficiently insulated, the environment can become a breeding ground for mold. Adequate roofing ventilation is especially important during winter.

3. Flashing Leaks

Sloped roofs are prone to leaks around the flashing. Winds can loosen the flashing and cause water entry. Contrary to popular belief, flashing repair requires more than just caulking the area with sealant.

4. Tree Damage

Do you have a tree on your property? Sure, the curb appeal is nice, but strong winds can push the branches towards your home. Aside from smashing through windows, branches can also damage the upper protective layer of the roof.

5. Ice Dams

Ice dams aren’t too common in the Pacific Northwest, but they do occur at times. Ice dams form along roof edges, causing water to pool behind them. The excess water can lead to leaks, mold growth, and other major damage.

We’ll Ensure Your Roof Is Winter-Ready

Is your roof ready to handle a strong gust or heavy rain? If you only inspect the roof once a year, then this is the time of year for it. Contact Allied Construction for a roof checkup. You may also want to consider a deck or fence if renovating for the start of 2018. Correcting winter roofing problems, though, should take precedence.

Winter Roof Upkeep and Maintenance

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