Common Winter Roofing Issues

The northeast is known for having harsh winter weather, which can be terribly troublesome for any type of roof. The most common cause of roof damage is due to strong weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, winds, etc. That is why you must be prepared and know exactly what to expect!

We have created a list of the most commonly found problems seen on roofs around the winter season and tips on how you can prevent them.

Ice Dams

A common problem for contractors this time of year is ice damming on roofs. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from properly draining off the roof. Prevention of ice damming is key, however there isn’t a way to eliminate the problem completely. By utilizing water shields and proper insulation, you can prevent this from occurring.

Condensation

Condensation occurs when warm air meets a cold surface. Attics are perfect candidates for condensation to arise, which can lead to mold, mildew, and long-term damage to the structure of your building. To prevent condensation, ensure your attic is properly ventilated. Without being properly ventilated, you could create ice dams and cut your roof’s lifespan in half.

Tree Limbs

Large trees are very beautiful scenery; however, they impose many dangerous threats in the winter. Hanging tree limbs can often scrape the surface of your roof, and snow increases the odds of a branch falling on top. To protect your building’s roof, annually trim branches that are 6 feet or closer. This will also help keep insects or larger animals from nesting there in the spring.

Safety

Winter weather is not something to mess around with, especially when it comes to commercial rooftops. Prevent falls, damages, and horrifying maintenance costs in the future by preparing yourself and knowing exactly what to expect.