Winter Roofing: Maintenance & Repairs You Can Do Now

Winter Roofing: Maintenance & Repairs You Can Do Now

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.

Shingle repairs

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.

Gutter repairs

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.

Roof replacement

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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  1. Posted January 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea that the adhesives used in flat-roofing depended on the weather. My husband and I have a flat roof, and we have been wanting to replace it, because it has been falling apart. I guess we will have to wait a little longer until it heats up, so that we can replace it.

  2. Posted January 8, 2016 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes, unfortunately many roof repairs need to be made in the winter. We had no idea we had a problem until the roof began to leak after a big snowstorm. No one wants to climb up on the roof. This is dangerous on a good day, but when it’s COLD outside, and the roof is covered with ice and snow, you’d better call someone who knows what they’re doing.

  3. Posted January 16, 2016 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I like what this article recommends about not postponing repairs until spring. I noticed some damage to my roof this past week, and I am concerned that it will start leaking if it’s not taken care of. I think that making sure it’s fixed as soon as possible is very important as to not let that happen. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted January 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for talking about maintenance and repairs we can do now for winter roofing. I live in Idaho and it gets extremely cold during the winter. It is true that I have encountered roof problems at this time which damages shingles and flashings. There are certain things I can do to repair parts of the roof such as clearing the gutter but I am not an expert. i may need to call a professional if things get worse. Thanks!

  5. Posted January 20, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Postponing repairs means more money for the contractor however.

    • Posted January 21, 2016 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      Yes and these costs are unfortunately passed onto the customer. Any professional roofer should have no problem taking on repair or even replacement jobs regardless of the weather. We even give better rates during the winter because business is slower this time of year.

  6. Posted January 23, 2016 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Winters can cause a big problem to the health of the roof of our house. I had a wooden roof which, I think, is not strong enough now. I don’t know what exactly is the reason. May be due to seasonal changes it is becoming weak. I must get it changed. Thank you for the information as I did not know about this earlier. 🙂

  7. Posted February 4, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Roofing problems are encountered in winters and a reliable roof repair company can help a lot. The explanation you provided about winter roofing and maintanenace is useful and helpful.

  8. adrina
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Roof is the most essential part of a house that is responsible for protecting the interiors of a house. If there’s any possible for a leak, further damage or the roofs already leaking, you need company in order to get the roof repaired as quickly as possible and repair any further damage or issues.

  9. Posted July 26, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    An experienced roofing contractor will have no problem with any type of roofing so it is better to hire any experienced contractor.

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