With winter fast approaching, there are steps we need to take as homeowners during the fall months to ensure that our residential roofing system is ready to go. Think about the frost you see on the ground when you walk outside during the cooler months of the year, or when you have to scrape the ice off your car's windshield. If ice and frost can settle in these places, then it will most definitely also affect your roofing system.
Roofing Materials to Withstand Winter
Frost isn't always something you need to worry about, however. It is neither good nor bad. Most roofing system materials used were made to withstand this kind of weather. So, as long as your roof doesn't need any repairs and it is in good shape, then you should have nothing to worry about when it comes to frost and possible water damage.
You should worry, however, if you look around the street and all the other houses have frost on the roof, and you don't. This could actually mean that the insulation in your attic is lacking. This means heat is getting through the roof and causing the frost to melt or for it to be spotty. Spotty frost usually means some of your insulation wasn't put in place properly.
Regular Roof Maintenance
You must have your residential roofing system regularly inspected to stay ahead of potentially costly problems. The roof is a significant investment in the home, so we need to do everything we can to extend the life of that investment. When we ignore roofing problems or wait too long to take action, it can lead to serious structural damage and other issues down the line.
Winter Roof Damage Issues
While frost might not necessarily be a problem and rather an indicator or poor attic insulation, you should also familiarize yourself with some other winter roof damage issues you may come across.
The formation of icicles can cause ice dams. This can cause damage to the shingles and gutters. To reduce icicles and ice dams, you should eliminate any roof-top air leaks and make sure you have proper insulation.
If there is an ice dam buildup on the roof, then it may mean that there is also going to be excessive attic condensation as well. This buildup of excess moisture can lead to molding and wood rot. So, proper ventilation is key. If you have any leaks, make sure to plug up the insulation so no moist air can continue to enter.
Winter Roof Preparations
To prepare for the cold winter months, have your roof inspected professionally, check your gutters and downspouts, make sure the attic is properly insulated, and never be afraid to call in the professionals if you think there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Remember, if you see frost accumulating on your neighbor's roofing systems and not your own, then you may have issues that need to be addressed immediately. For more information on winter roof preparations or to have your roof inspected, call the experts at Wilkinson Roofing today.