There are a few components of your home that are vital to maintain throughout the year but especially in winter, and a great example is your roof. Responsible for protecting your home from everything from cold temperatures to moisture, water damage and more, your roof is a key component – and there are a few issues that you should be keeping in mind and looking to prevent this winter.
At The Roof Doctor, we’re proud to offer a wide range of roof installation and repair services to clients around Salt Lake City, West Valley City, West Jordan and nearby areas. We even offer several winter-specific services like snow removal and others, ensuring your roof and surrounding property are protected no matter what. Here are some examples of roof-related issues that can crop up in the winter, plus how to address them – either on your own or with the help of our professionals wherever needed. Some of these will involve the surface of the roof itself, while others will be in regard to several related elements.
Firstly, because snow and ice accumulate on roofs, this can create dangerous slip risks for you or anyone else accessing the roof. Some property owners will shovel their own roofs during winter, but we strongly suggest speaking to our professionals about this job instead – it’s safer and more effective in general.
This is also an area to consider if you prefer to get up on your roof to hang holiday lights or perform other tasks around this season. We’ll help you with any such needs while keeping everyone safe.
Another major issue that crops up for some roofs during the winter is related to ice dams, which form when melted snow creates standing water in certain areas of your roof. This can lead to leaks and damage if not addressed properly, but our team is here to help you avoid such concerns.
In many cases, the primary way of preventing ice dams is in keeping your attic properly ventilated and insulated. If this isn’t an issue, we’ll also take a look at the configuration of your roof or related areas to ensure proper drainage.
Depending on the age and condition of your roof, a winter with heavy snow or ice can also cause damage to shingles. These materials are designed to withstand most weather conditions, but in some cases they may be dislodged – especially if you’re not using proper insulation and ventilation.
If this is the case for you, our team will quickly identify any missing or damaged shingles and replace them with high-quality new materials. Trust us to keep your roof secure and the rest of your home safe.
Mold and Mildew
While not a direct issue related to winter weather, moisture buildup from melting snow or ice can also contribute to mold and mildew growth on roofs – especially in areas where ventilation isn’t sufficient. Our team will ensure proper ventilation and insulation to prevent these concerns, plus help you take any additional steps needed for prevention.
In addition, we may recommend regular roof inspections and maintenance throughout the winter months to catch any potential issues before they become major problems. This can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.
Another related issue that can cause problems in the winter is failing insulation, which can lead to heat escaping from your home and melting snow on the roof. Insulation is responsible for keeping your home warm and energy-efficient, so it’s important to address any issues with it as soon as possible.
If you’re experiencing higher energy bills or a drafty home during the winter months, let our team take a look at your insulation. We can help identify any problem areas and provide cost-effective solutions to keep your home comfortable all year long.
As you can see, there are several potential issues that can arise with your roof during the winter months. But with proper maintenance and timely repairs, you can avoid these problems and keep your home safe and secure. Contact us at The Roof Doctor for all your winter roof needs, or for any of our roofing services for clients around SLC, West Valley City, West Jordan and nearby areas.