Many homeowners encounter a variety of roof problems during the winter, including the formation of ice dams, condensation and damage to structures such as shingles and flashings. Typically, fall is the time to prepare your roof for winter, but if you’re facing issues now don’t despair – certain roofing repairs need to be handled as soon as possible, even if they occur in the winter.
Whether you’re behind on maintenance or your roof developed a leak, we have tips to get you through winter months without a hitch.
Winter Roofing: Maintenance & Repairs You Can Do Now
Winter roof maintenance
Inspect the roof and gutters for damage and deterioration and any signs of ice dams and icicles forming – especially after a windstorm, snowstorm or particularly cold streak. Ensure your downspouts and fascia are not clogged by ice, snow or other debris such as stray branches or dead leaves. Remove excess snow buildups with a roof rake.
Flashing and chimney repairs
Your roofing contractor is likely to be able to handle any repairs of this kind, paying close attention to temperatures so that the adhesives used in repairs do not freeze. Luckily, many Pennsylvania and Delaware winters feature a number of days above freezing temperatures that are conducive to roof work.
Shingles that are nailed down or use other types of metal fasteners can be repaired and replaced at any point in the year. Extra care is needed, however, to prevent cracking or breaking already-fragile roofing materials. An experienced roofing contractor will have no problem with this task.
Gutters play a huge role in keeping your roof dry and clear during the wet winter months. As long as the day is dry, gutters can be repaired and installed just as effectively during winter as in the warmer seasons. Keep your gutters clear throughout the winter to maintain an effective drainage system for your home.
Many types of roofs, including metal, wood and shingled, can be replaced regardless of the season. Flat roofs, especially those made of rubber, however, have to wait until spring. The reason for this is the adhesives used in flat roofing are temperature-dependent. A roof laid during a streak of sub-40-degree weather will not be laid correctly due to problems with the adhesive.
Don’t Postpone Your Repairs Till Spring!
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Call our DE office at 302-725-ROOF (7663) or our PA location at 610-551-ROOF (7663) for a free price quote or to schedule a roof inspection.
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