After a long, unseasonably warm autumn, winter may finally be setting in. And for thousands of homeowners across the temperate zones of North America, this means that winter roof repairs could be just around the corner.
Winter is not the ideal time to fix your roof, of course, and the best way to avoid having to undergo a major repair project is to be proactive and catch small problems before they morph into big ones.
If you have an inspection or repair job you’ve been thinking of putting off until spring, here are three reasons to re-think that impulse and deal with things before the blizzards of January blow in.
1. Winter Repairs can be a Headache
The most common issue that affects roofs in winter is ice damming. And while the underlying problems that cause ice damming (poor ventilation and insulation) are easy to fix during warm weather, things get a lot harder to manage once the ice has formed.
In order to fix winter ice dams, roofers may need to access your attic, and will need to cut new vents in your roof before they can get rid of the dam itself. This takes time, which means that having these repairs taken care of in winter is more expensive than dealing with them proactively would be.
2. Roofing Problems can Cause Moisture Damage
Keeping your home warm in winter is important, but the warm air can cause problems if your roof isn’t functioning as it should. Warm air holds more moisture, and as it rises it can cause condensation to form on your rafters, roof deck, or beams.
In addition to weakening essential components of your roof, this moisture can also cause problems like:
- Damp walls
- Dripping ceilings
If you notice any of these problems in your home, you should contact Professional Roofers immediately to have your attic and roof inspected. The problem may be related to ventilation, or your roof may have been damaged in a storm.
3. Rapid Temperature Changes Put Stress on Your Home
The unseasonable weather seen this November is further evidence that the temperature patterns we are used to no longer hold. Gone are the days when it gets cold in November and stays below zero until early March.
Frequent spells of freezing and thawing can cause problems for your roof. An ice storm that cracks your shingles can be followed by days of warm weather, which in turn leads to melting snow draining down into your roof deck, attic, and ceiling. This means that ensuring your roof is watertight and well-ventilated is more important than ever.
Fixing a roof is no small job, and if you want to put off the expense and hassle of having a new roof installed for as long as possible, preventative maintenance is essential.
Being proactive about making sure your roof is ready for whatever winter brings is one way to ensure there won’t be any nasty surprises come spring.