The winter weather can take its toll on your roof, potentially causing leaks. That’s why homeowners should inspect and maintain their roof before the start of winter. Here’s how to prevent them during this colder season.
Leaky or Clogged Gutters
Gutters serve as your roof’s first line of defense against moisture damage, which is why you should keep them clean, preventing clogs. If your gutters are clogged or have leaks, water that should’ve flowed away can pool, which can result in freezing and ice dams.
Ice dams are ridges of frozen water that form on the edges of your roof, preventing water from draining off the roof. If the ridges become thick enough, water might back up behind the dam and seep into your roof and other parts of your home.
However, clogged or leaky gutters aren’t the only possible culprits here – inadequate insulation can also cause ice dams. Warm air can escape through gaps in your attic or roof’s insulation, melting the snow on top of your roof. As melted snow flows down your roof, it slowly freezes, depositing ice at the roof’s edges. As such, it would be a good idea to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof and attic insulation. Not only will it help prevent ice dams forming, but it will also help reduce your heating costs this winter.
Worn Roof Shingles
As mentioned earlier, the frigid weather, specifically the accelerated freeze-thaw cycles, can weaken roofing shingles and membranes, making them brittle and prone to cracks. Fortunately, there are warning signs that can tell you when your roofing shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan. However, they’re usually so subtle that only a trained eye can spot them. As such, the only way to prevent leaks caused by worn shingles is to have an experienced contractor routinely inspect your roof.
Looking for experienced contractors in your area?
Jeff Woods Construction, a GAF Master Elite® contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide range of exterior services, including roof repair. To get a free in-home consultation, call us at (931) 787-9107, or fill out our form here. We serve homeowners in Crossville, TN, as well as other nearby communities.