4 Common Roofing Problems That Arise During Winter
Jan 08, 2018
Winter can cause serious wear and tear on every roof, and the last thing you want is to deal with roofing problems when you should be warm and comfortable. Familiarize yourself with the following common roofing problems and what roofing companies like ours can do to help.
- Ice Dams – Ice dams form when the attic has inadequate insulation and poor ventilation. The trapped attic heat leaks through the roof, raises the temperature to above freezing, and melts the ice, which then refreezes at the edge, forming an ice dam. Ice dams can block the gutters and push water into the roof deck, resulting in structural damage and mold growth. Insulation and ventilation issues aren’t readily apparent and will require professional roofing inspection. Manufacturers like Owens Corning® offer complete roofing systems that include proper attic ventilation, so consider these products if your roof is up for replacement.
- Icicles – Icicles form the same way as ice dams, but instead of collecting at the roof’s edges, they flow over it, refreezing just before the water can start flowing to the ground. Icicles are more dangerous because they could break off and cause injury and property damage. It can also make the eaves and gutters too heavy, risking collapse. Let knowledgeable roofing companies inspect your roof and attic before winter and have any issues addressed before the first snow falls.
- Condensation – Condensation on your windows’ interior surface and along the walls indicate high indoor humidity. The culprit is more often than not water intrusion from roof leaks. If you’re seeing stains on your ceiling, have the leaks addressed by professionals before it gets worse. Some strategies can help reduce indoor humidity, such as choosing energy-efficient windows and using dehumidifiers.
- High Energy Bills – Another consequence of having a leaky roof is the heat loss. Aside from contributing to the formation of ice dams and icicles, the escaping heat pushes your heating system to compensate for the loss, resulting in higher energy consumption. So if you haven’t had your roof inspected recently, now would be the best time to have it done.
To learn more about our services as a roofing company, call Kroll Construction today at (844) 688-9632 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation and estimate. We serve many areas in and near Detroit, Michigan.