3 Common Winter Roofing Problems to Watch Out For

3 Common Winter Roofing Problems

Winter weather can be hard on your roof, especially in the East Coast states like Delaware or Pennsylvania. Several problems can creep up if you don’t pay attention and, if not adequately addressed, may lead to big, costly roofing repairs.

Today, we will discuss typical roofing damage resulting from condensation & ice dams and also gutter problems caused by icicles.

Common Winter Roofing Problems

Here are three common problems your roof may face over the winter.

Problem #1 – Condensation

When a cold surface meets warm air, condensation will occur. Unfortunately, an improperly insulated attic is a prime candidate for the formation of condensation, which can lead to mold and mildew, damaging the interior structure of your home. To prevent condensation, ensure your attic is properly ventilated.

Attic ventilation is a significant part of a healthy roof system yet it’s often overlooked. While you may know that attic ventilation helps control indoor temperature and saves energy costs, you may not realize that improper ventilation can damage your roof, create ice dams and reduce your roof’s overall lifespan.

Problem #2 – Ice dams

Ice dams are a fairly common occurrence over the winter, the result of an accumulation of ice and water on the roof and under the shingles. Ice dams form when the upper areas of a roof are at above-freezing temperatures, and the lower-hanging areas are below-freezing. Melting snow from the upper, warmer sections of the roof flows down and re-freezes on the colder, lower sections of the roof and gutters, creating the ice dam. As water backs up and pools behind the dam, it may leak into your home through cracks and joints on the home’s exterior, causing damage.

Ice dams can be a nightmare, potentially causing extensive water damage to their victim’s homes. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of ice dams, but they can be minimized. Proper roof insulation, as well as a good attic ventilation system, are key elements in an effective defense against ice dams.

Problem #3 – Icicles

Icicles tend to form in the same weather conditions that lead to ice dams: sunny days and sub-freezing temperatures. Often the result of clogged gutters and downspouts, icicles represent a danger to people and pets. In addition, their excessive weight can cause roofing & gutter damage. To deter icicles from forming, keep your gutters clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. Remember, when the warmer weather arrives, to attend to gutter maintenance swiftly with the help of your local roofing and gutter contractor to avoid leaking and other problems during spring rains.

What Can You Do Now?

If you’re not sure how your roof is handling all that extra moisture, contact the professionals at All Roofing Solutions. Our dedicated staff of roofing professionals will be happy to help you understand your roof’s potential problems and suggest appropriate preventative repairs.

Additionally, performing a spring roof & gutter inspection will ensure that you address any and all problems that might have developed over those harsh winter months.

Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania to schedule your inspection or for free repair estimate.


  1. Posted February 19, 2015 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    To protect home from harsh winters insulating your attic is also an effective way. It will help in creating warm environment inside the house. It also helps in eliminating the problem of condensation.

  2. Posted February 19, 2015 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Great post! We also write about ice dams and how roofs take a beating in the winter but not often enough, possibly, about the importance of proper attic ventilation. Thanks for shading more light on that subject.

  3. Stephanie Rodgers
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t know that an attic and being properly insulted was such a factor in roofing problems. It makes sense that ice and water outside would be an issue, but never occurred to me that inside was just as important. Thank you for the insight and information.

  4. Posted March 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    These seem like really important potential roofing problems that I should be watching out for throughout the winter. Roof condensation seems like an issue that all home owners should be aware about. It seems like it’s a good idea to make sure that the attic is well ventilated to prevent condensation.

  5. Posted May 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Winter can definitely be a problematic time for roofs, with all the ice that can form on the roof. I have been wanting to take better care of my roof, so this winter I will be sure to watch for these three common problems. Something that I thing would be especially good for me to watch for is icicles on the gutters. We are going to get our gutters replaced soon, so I want to be sure that they stay in good condition. I will be sure that the gutters aren’t clogged so that we don’t have as much of a problem with icicles. Thanks for the great post!

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