Beware of These Common Winter Roofing Problems

Jan 28, 2020

Winter can be hard on your home’s exterior, especially on your roof. Make sure that you contact your roofer as soon as you notice that there’s something with your roofing system. Delaying repairs can make the problem worse and result in more issues within your home. 

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Here’s a list of common problems roofs face during the colder months. 

Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when the upper part of an icy roof starts to thaw and the lower areas remain frozen. The melted ice and snow from the warmer part of the roof reaches lower sections and gutters, forming ice dams. This problem is also common with clogged gutters since they can cause water to back up. 

Flashing Damage

Flashings are metal strips placed along the front edge corners and ridges of the roof around chimneys and other fixtures. They can pull away from the roofing material when not installed properly and cause water leaks. You can prevent this problem by having your roofing contractor inspect the flashing at least twice a year. 

Fallen Tree Limbs

Overhanging tree limbs can scratch the surface of your roof and damage its top layer. Fallen branches can also cause issues with the roof. Keep your home protected by trimming branches that are within six feet of your roof. 

Icicles

While icicles look neat, they pose dangers to your family and pets. They often form as a result of clogged gutters and downspouts. The excessive weight of these ice formations can damage your gutters and roofing system. Make sure your gutters aren’t clogged and cleaned regularly to prevent icicle formation. 

Regularly caring for your roof can help prevent these problems. For your residential roofing needs, turn to Master’s Home Solutions, your leading roofing company. Aside from superior roofing solutions, we also specialize in doors, windows, and siding. Call us at (610) 228-0086 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. 

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