5 Annoying Roofing Problems In Winter & How To Avoid Them

Let’s preserve the structural integrity of my home, please.

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Updated on January 17, 2023

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During the winter, many people face roofing problems because of snow and the changing weather.

Roof leaks are just one of the common roofing problems faced by many during winter. As the weather’s taking a turn for the worse, it’s not uncommon for your roof to need minor (or major!) repairs.

Here’s a list of common roofing problems faced during winter so you can identify issues, prevent them or call in the professionals to fix them before they become more significant.


Ice Dams


Ice dams form when melted snow and ice build up on your roof’s ridge and gutter system, then freezes again at night. This could result in water leaks or cause damage to your home’s foundation, which can be expensive! If you notice this problem on your rooftop, it can quickly worsen if left unattended in certain areas.



Leaks in Gutters and Downspouts


Usually caused by clogged gutters and downspouts, leaks can be an obvious sign that you need to repair or replace them before they cause further damage to your property. All roofs are made up of layers, but if you notice water leaking through your ceiling.

It’s a good idea to contact a professional who can inspect it and make repairs as necessary. Consider replacing your roofing material with a reputable company like Alfred’s Roofing as it becomes damaged from water damage.


Roof Snow Loads


As snow accumulates on your roof, it can lead to weight-related damage that may compromise structural integrity. This may result in dry rot or even an infestation of black mold inside your home.

Of course, roofs are designed to handle snow loads, but it’s common for homeowners to clear their shelters of snow and ice during winter improperly. In addition, excessive loads of snow on roofs cold create heavy pressure on them and eventually damage the support structure of the roofs. You should hire a professional roofer to remove the snow roofs as it poses a risk of damaging the design of your roof by removing too much weight at once.


Roof Not Structurally Sound


Numerous things, such as excessive snow loads, heavy winds, or even minor ice dams, can lead to the collapse of a roof. If you notice damage to your roof structure, call in a professional who secures roofs before the system becomes unsafe.

In addition, it’s recommended that you check your home’s roof and note any cracks or holes that form since this indicates possible water leaks or complex structural issues concerning collapse.


Debris in Gutters


When dealing with guttering, you should have your gutters cleaned at least once a year to ensure their proper functioning and prevent leaks from forming. If you notice any debris on your gutters, it’s a good idea to call a professional to take care of the issue.

Likewise, when dealing with roofing problems, you’ll want to ensure they’re taken care of as soon as possible to preserve the structural integrity of your home and prevent leaks.

While it’s nice to save money by doing things yourself, there are times when you should call in a professional. Roofing problems need to be taken care of immediately, so hiring a professional is the best solution.

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