Winter weather takes a toll on any roofing system. As a homeowner, educating yourself about the issues your roof is likely to face during the winter is important because it allows you to prepare accordingly and hopefully avoid the need for extensive roof repair.
Today, Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc. discusses common winter-related roof issues.
Shingles can become brittle when frozen. They may begin to form cracks when exposed to even a slight impact. This is why it’s important to work with a roofing contractor with a manufacturer certification. Our roofing supplies are provided by top brands like GAF and CertainTeed®, ensuring the product you invest in is well suited for your local climate.
Ice dams develop when heat that gets trapped in the attic raises the temperature of the roof, causing the snow on the roof to melt. As melted snow flows down the roof, it refreezes upon reaching the roof edge, where the temperature is colder, creating an ice dam. Water backed up behind the ice dams seeps into cracks in the home’s exterior, leading to structural damage, mold growth and other problems. Roofing contractors recommend installing an attic ventilation system as well as sufficient insulation to help prevent ice dam formation.
Leaks in the Flashing
Improperly installed or worn-out flashing tends to pull away from the roofing material, leading to water leaks during winter. When conducting your roof inspection this fall, make sure that you give priority to these important components.
If you have recurring roofing issues, it might be time to pursue a roof replacement. At Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc., we can help you figure out the best solution for your unique situation.
Give us a call at (703) 782-5531 today or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve Gainesville and the surrounding areas.