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 Roofing: Maintenance & Repairs You Can Do Now

1. Winter roof maintenance

Inspect the roof and gutters for damage and any signs of ice dams and icicles forming – especially after a windstorm, snowstorm or particularly cold streak. If too much ice builds up, gutters can become too heavy and rip away from the home, leaving you with damage and hefty gutter repair bills.

Additionally, clogged gutters and downspouts can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home which can lead to serious damage. 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, and use a hammer and chisel to carefully chip away the ice if you need to.

2. Flashing and chimney repairs

Many roof leaks occur in places where the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Inspect these connection points – check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration. This is critical – if chimney flashing pulls away or is damaged by wind or hail, water may leak into your attic and your home’s interior.

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.

3. Shingle repairs

If you have damaged roof shingles, it’s essential that you repair the problem promptly. Otherwise, you could end up with a leaky roof and, potentially, serious structural damage to your home’s roof, attic and frame. 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.

4. Gutter repairs

Gutters play a huge role in keeping your roof dry and clear during the wet winter months. Gutters that are broken, run-down or blocked can cause water damage to both the roof and interior of your home. As long as the day is dry, gutters can be repaired and installed just as effectively during winter as in the warmer seasons.  Leaks that develop at aging seams may be repaired with silicone sealant. Small holes can be patched with roofing cement, applied with a putty knife. Larger issues may require replacing the leaky section altogether.

5. Roof replacement

Despite a handful of obstacles, many types of roofs, including metal, wood and shingled, can be replaced regardless of the season. With certain precautions the installation can be done without a hitch. Keep in mind that shingles will be less flexible, harder to cut,  and more likely to be overdriven by nails. They may also need to be hand-sealed with roofing cement to prevent the wind from lifting them before there is sufficient heat for them to self-seal.

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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11 Comments

  1. Posted January 26, 2018 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!

  2. Posted January 27, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    You are right home owners must be alert and proactive after a hail storm or snow fall and quickly get their roof inspected and repaired so that damage does not increase to the level where you are compelled to go for costly replacements.

  3. Posted January 28, 2018 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.

  4. Posted January 28, 2018 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.

  5. Posted February 5, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Very nice article! You are right about fall maintenance, this would atleast ensure that the roof is strong enough to face a harsh winter but also have a trusted roofer on call, in case the heavy hail storm causes unprecedented and unexpected damage to the roof.

  6. Posted February 7, 2018 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 over our garage, 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.

  7. Posted February 8, 2018 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.

  8. Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for going over these maintenance tips for roofs in the winter. You mentioned that you should fix broken shingles promptly. If this is the case, I wouldn’t mind knowing if there is a way you can prevent further damage while you wait for the problem to be resolved.

  9. Posted February 18, 2018 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!

  10. Posted February 20, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Postponing repairs means more money for the contractor however.

    • Posted February 21, 2018 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.

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