The freezing temperatures, ice and snow of winter can take a toll on any roof. Knowing what threats this season poses to your roofing system and preparing accordingly can help you avoid significant roof repair expenses.Today, Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc. discusses common types of winter roof damage and shares tips on how to prevent them.
Ice dams form snow that lands on your roof melts due to the warm attic underneath, only to refreeze at the edge of the roof. This can also cause icicle formation, which can damage gutters, eaves and roofing shingles. Moisture can penetrate through the cracks in the shingles or areas that icicles damaged. Aside from your roof, ice dams and icicles can also damage your attic and interior walls.
Proper ventilation is key to preventing ice dams. It can also help in delaying the need for a roof replacement. Exhaust vents, such as ridge vents, let warm, moist air leave your attic while intake vents allow cool air to enter. A well-vented attic helps in reducing ice and snowmelt, which can aid in preventing ice dams.
Strong winds commonly occur during winter, which can lead to shingle damage. Harsh winds can also loosen up flashing, especially on the roof’s ridges and rakes. You can avoid these problems by investing in a roofing system that’s guaranteed to withstand winds of up to 110mph. Another way to keep your roof protected is by scheduling a pre-winter roof inspection. Contact your local contractor and make sure to address all issues of concern before winter arrives.
Hailstones can damage metal vents, flashing and ridge caps. They can also cause dents on the shingles, which can weaken your roof, reduce its lifespan, and potentially lead to leaks. The best way to prevent hail damage is by choosing high-quality and strong shingles. Schedule a roof inspection after a hail storm to detect and address small issues before they compromise the structural integrity of the entire system.
Vertex Roofing Contractors Inc. is one of the most trusted roofing contractors in the region. Our team is here for all your residential and commercial roofing needs. Call us at (703) 794-2121 or complete our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Ashburn.