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Common Winter Roofing Problems
Common Winter Roofing Problems

Common Winter Roofing Problems

The beauty of a snow covered home conjures up all types of fond memories of idle afternoons spent sledding and making snow angels as a kid. Now that I am a proud home owner, I have learned that snow can be my home’s enemy and can lead to a desperate call to a residential roofing contractor for emergency shingle or roof replacement.

The heavy snows and record cold temperatures that the Delaware and surrounding area has experienced this winter can wreak havoc on a roof, especially if it is reaching the end of its life expectancy. There are several problems that can occur during this time of year which could lead to costly roofing repairs.

Accumulated snow and ice that begins to thaw during the day and refreeze when the sun goes down can spell disaster for a roof’s integrity. When this cycle of thawing and refreezing occurs, it could allow for water to seep into any cracks or faulty flashing and freeze, expanding the crack and causing leakage.

Improperly insulated attics can enable condensation which leads to mold and mildew damage. When a cold surface is met with warm air, condensation can form. A properly ventilated attic can help avoid damage to a roof, eliminating the creation of ice dams that reduce the lifespan of your roof and cause damage to the exterior of your home by seeping through cracks and joints.

Another possible problem could be thermal shock that occurs when the sun heats the roof’s surface during the day and the night temperature dips below freezing, causing older roof membranes to lose the tensile strength and their ability to expand and contract.

Failure to clean out the leaves and debris that builds up in gutters and downspouts in the fall can lead to a icicle formations that are not only dangerous to people, but their excess weight can cause gutter and roof damage.

While now is the time to hunker down inside and stay warm, if your roof is experiencing any of these symptoms and you would like some advice, call us at Ferris Home Improvement. We are roofing contractors in Delaware that can help with any roof repairs and preventative maintenance.  And be sure to have your roof and gutters inspected this spring to address any problems that might have been caused by this harsh winter.