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Common Roofing Problems Found in the Winter


Winter can be rough on your roof.  Especially in Wisconsin,  Problems can show up if you don’t pay attention leading to costly roofing repairs.

Icicles

Icicles will 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.  Their excessive weight can cause roofing & gutter damage. Keep your gutters clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris.  Remember, when the warmer weather arrives, to attend to your gutters to prevent this problem.

Ice Dams

Ice Dams are  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 can leak into your home through cracks and joints on the home’s exterior, causing damage.

Proper roof insulation and attic ventilation are an effective defense against this.

Poor Ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is an important part of having a healthy roof.  Improper ventilation can create ice dams and also cause condensation to occur inside your attic leading to mold and mildew problems.