During the colder months, it can be a lot harder to handle damage to your roof or other similar problems due to having to work in colder temperatures, snowfall, or with ice.

The unfortunate conditions that come along with cooler temperatures can cause trouble for your roof, which can in turn cost you a bundle down the line. Luckily, we have some tips.

The Top Winter Roofing Problems

These are some of the most common problems people face with their roofs during winter.

  • Condensation

In simple terms, condensation is what happens when a cold surface is met with warm air. An attic that is poorly insulated creates a significant opportunity for condensation to form. Condensation in the attic, if not handled correctly, can prompt the onset of mildew or mold. Proper ventilation must be ensured to avoid this type of damage to your attic.

Although ensuring proper ventilation in your attic is an integral part of keeping your roof in good shape, it’s not exactly common knowledge. Attic ventilation obviously keeps indoor temperatures level and manageable, and it can even help save on energy costs. If ventilation is not monitored, checked on, or controlled, ice dams might form, and your roof can and will suffer in the long run.

  • Ice Dams

Ice dams form under particular conditions during winter; the highest areas of the roof can be felt at above-freezing temperatures while lower areas can be felt at below-freezing temperatures. If this happens, a moderate amount of ice and water can accumulate under the shingles on the lower part of the roof, creating the dam. This creates a problem when fresh water runs, backs up on the dam, and directs to cracks or openings on other parts of the home’s exterior.

Ice dams are obviously high risks for causing loads of water damage. It’s impossible to eliminate the onset of ice dams, but the likelihood by which they are formed can be controlled with proper insulation in the roof and proper roof ventilation.

  • Icicles

Icicles are often formed in a similar way to ice dams. However, they are also often formed in spots where dripping from the gutters can occur. Icicles are dangerous to people and pets alike, and their weight can be menacing to the roof and gutters.

Although icicles are inevitable during winter, there are ways to decrease your home’s chances of developing them. Try, as often as possible, to keep your gutters clear of debris such as twigs or leaves. When warmer weather rolls around, be sure to call upon your local gutter and roofing contractor for help with your gutter maintenance.