Wednesday, December 17, 2014

4 Most Common Winter Roof Problems

Your roof takes a beating from Mother Nature year-round, but especially during the winter. It braves the elements every day in order to protect you and your family. That's why it's so important to be aware of how your roof is doing. Here are the four most common winter roof problems to keep an eye out for:

1. Condensation

How does condensation affect your roof? If moisture builds up at your roof's ceiling, it can be absorbed into the wood and freeze. Once it starts freezing, the moisture expands and cracks, compromising the roof's integrity. This could damage the entire roof, causing leaks throughout your home.

2. Ice dams

An ice dam, according to Angie's List, is  "a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof that does not allow melting snow to drain off the roof." Water becomes trapped, and often flows into your home, causing destruction.

3. Icicles

When temperatures stay at or around freezing during the day, icicles become a common winter roof problem. Sunshine will melt the snow on your roof, causing it to dribble over the sides. If the water re-freezers, it can form icicles. Heavy ice can cause gutters to fall and roofs to cave in.

4. Flashing leaks

The flashing on your roof is a piece of sheet metal that protects joints from water damage. It's usually located at or around the chimney and any skylights and dormer windows. Disintegrated flashing can lead to leaks during the wintertime.

If it's time to replace your roof, turn to Superior Windowland. We offer many different material options including sphalt shingles, wooden shingles or shakes, tile, slate, metal, and copper. Our experts will help you choose the best options for your home to keep the need for repairs and maintenance to a minimum.

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