The harsh winter weather can cause some troubles for your roof and gutters. Here are some common problems you may run into when there are frigid temperatures and snowfall. The levels of severity can differ, so it is important to note if the problem is an easy fix, or if you should consider roof repair or gutter replacement. Glick’s Exteriors would be happy to help you out with either!
One of the most common problems that occurs during the winter is cold weather condensation. Improper insulation and ventilation in your attic and roofing is one way condensation can arise and cause mold and mildew to form. The moisture can also cause small leaks to occur, damaging drywall and other woodwork. You may also notice your heating bill rising because of your system working double time to account for the condensation.
Ice Buildup & Dams
Another problem to watch out for is ice buildup, which can cause blockage in your gutters, making it difficult for the water to drain. The weight of the ice can also damage gutters, wearing them down and possibly breaking them. Severe cases of this problem are known as ice dams. When the snow on your roof melts from the heat inside your home, the water runs down into the gutters, where it can freeze a second time causing an ice dam to form. Water then becomes stuck behind the ice dam, and can cause leakage.
The formation of icicles is similar to ice dams. They form from your house heating up, melting the snow on the roof, and freezing as they drip down the sides of the roof due to frigid temperatures. Although many people don’t consider icicles a threat, the extra weight can cause damage to your roof and gutters. Icicles also pose a threat to people, and pets.
If you are unsure about the condition of your home during the snowy weather, contact us at (610) 365-4511. We are happy to assist you with any home exterior issues!