ice build up

26
Jan

What are some of the most common roof problems in the winter? – Part 2

Snow Avalanche

Snow Avalanche

In part one of common roof problems in the winter we began examining some of the frequent issues that arise in the cold.   What are some of the other issues?

Skylight leaks. While great for letting in natural light, skylights must be properly sealed.   Piled up snow and icy rains can put a lot of pressure on skylights and the flashing around their seals.  Make sure the flashing around the skylight is intact.

Chimneys.  Roof flashing leaks around the chimney or nearby areas can quickly become channels for water to enter the home.  Accumulated snow slows water drainage off the roof, providing extra time for water to enter the home through even the smallest hole or crack.

Ice dams.  Ice dams occur when snow melts from heat loss in the attic which causes the water to run down the roof and then re-freeze on the of the edge of the roof.  Ice dams are more likely to occur on structures with poor insulation.  Water then backs up because it is not draining properly.  This slow draining and pooling water can infiltrate your shingles and thereby enter your home.   Make sure to keep the gutters clean and clear.

Snow avalanches.  A pile of snow accumulates on the roof to the point of crashing down.  When snow avalanches occur they can injure anyone standing below.  Snowguards can be installed to keep snow in place so it can gradually melt and drain into the gutters instead of crashing off the roof.

Wintertime is beautiful so do not let these common roof problems ruin your snowy season.  Be proactive and keep your roof in great shape so it can protect you and your home from the elements.


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14
Jan

Common Roof Problems in the Winter – part 1

Common Roof Problems with snow and man

Man on roof with snow shovel

What are some of the most common roof problems in the winter? – Part 1

Most people immediately think about ice dams.  But there are other issues which can be quite common.

Falling.  Serious fall injuries and even death occurs as people climb on their roof and attempt to clear the snow off.   Secondary damage can be caused by people chopping or hitting their roof to try to get rid of ice.  While the ice might break free, there is a real chance that the shingles or gutters will take damage.  Frequent hacking at the roof or yanking ice off the gutters can lead to water penetration into the roof where the gutters pull away.

Blocked Vents.  Snow-blocked plumbing vents will create drainage problems and even sewer gas backups into the home.  Sewer gas is not only smelly and unsanitary but an explosion risk.  Make sure all vents are tall enough to stay out of the snow.

Cracked or Broken Shingles.  Even when someone does not fall off the roof, when they climb around on frozen shingles they can snap “like a pine needle in the wintertime”.  Walking on older roofs when it is cold or they are frozen almost assures damage.

Snow. Plain and simple, it gets heavy and gets heavy fast!   Accumulated snow, particularly in the early spring when heavy snow coverings absorb rain can quickly become very heavy and cause major damage.  A roof’s core components such as rafters or trusses can break under the strain.  Newer homes with “up to date” or code conforming structures are less likely to break under the weight of snow; but older homes or those where the builder or roofer took shortcuts can easily crack under the strain.

Next up part 2 of Common Roof Problems in the the Winter….


Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

25
Nov

Roof Maintenance Tips for Winter

roof maintenance needed for snow on roof

Snow laden roof

Winter Time – Tip for Preventive Roof Maintenance

Fall has quickly passed and we’re moving into Winter, although in the South it stills feels like Fall.  Yesterday, I had a Christmas light installer put lights on my home.  He pointed out that several sections of the roof had “slippery” shingles – meaning the granules easily came off.   I assured him that I knew and asked him to use a ladder instead of running around on my roof.

Preventive roof maintenance is an absolute necessity.  The heat of the summer is behind us, but it’s possible that you have buckled shingles, dried out caulking, or leaking roof areas which are unidentified.  Strong winds over the past several months may have lifted shingles or blown debris such as tree limbs onto your roof.  Take a good look at your drains which easily become clogged which then results in improper drainage which can set up a water penetration situation in the future.

Cold weather issues

Winter brings cold weather, higher winds, and blowing dead or loose debris, which will damage your roof.   As your roof continues to be exposed to nature’s elements, your roof integrity will degrade resulting in damage that can go undetected until it becomes a serious problem.  It is good to remember that your roof is the skin protecting your home or commercial building.  If you have a lot of snow then you should consider snow guards such as those designed by Rock Mountain Snow Guards like this:

Roof maintenance instrument snow guard

Snow Guard from Rocky Mountain

Roof maintenance is as important as auto maintenance

Preventive roof maintenance should be viewed as important as preventive maintenance on a car and truck.  Skipping oil changes or mileage service points will slowly degrade your vehicle – roof maintenance is no different.  I encourage you to have your roof inspected by a professional every three years, or more frequently if you do no engage in preventive maintenance or have moved into a new home and have no idea if the seller did any type of roof maintenance.

Remember though to not jump to conclusions about your roof needing to be replaced simply because a single roofer says you need one.  A quality roofing company will present ideas on how to patch or otherwise mediate your damage.  When you are ready to replace your roof get multiple bids from quality roofing contractors.

Maintenance conclusions

If you are able to get up on your roof, even if only partially via a ladder, do it.  Do your own inspection looking for problems that need to be addressed.  You will save a lot of money by proactively maintaining your roof and heading off issues before they become big problems.

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us. No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

16
Oct

Roof Problems. How do I know when to replace my roof?

Roof problems that may help you answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?”

The guys over at GAF who manufacture roofing materials posted a really good set of photos to help you determine if you have red flags that need to be carefully examined.   They call them Key Danger Signals of a Failing Roof?

In a nutshell, your roof is like the skin on your body. It protects everything underneath it from the harmful exterior forces.  Once this protective skin is breached then damage rapidly advances.   Your roof may be failing in some areas and OK in others depending on the type of damage.  For example, did the roof sustain damage ina  specific area due to a tree falling on it?  Or has ice built up each year for the last 20 years and wrecked the overall integrity of the entire roof?

Sometime you can get away with simply patching your roof.   Look for these issues to help answer the question, “How do I know when to replace my roof?”

Inspect your roof and its underbelly and look for these types of issues.

Leakage in Attic After Wind-Driven Rain

Roof replacment issues in the decking

Leak in roof shingle and decking

Possible cause: Leaky or inadequate shingle underlayment or deteriorated flashing

 

Leakage in Attic After Ice Build-Up

Ice damage indicating roof replacement time

Crack in the roof

Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into attic

 

Blistering and/or Peeling of Interior and/or Exterior paint

High heat damage indicating possible roof replacement need

Blistering or Peeling Paint

Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation

 

In the next post we’ll look at a few more danger signals which can signify roof damage which help you answer the question,”How do I know when to replace my roof?”

 

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us. No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

Don’t want to talk to anyone and just want a quick, satellite photograph measurement to help estimate the cost for your roof?  Order the Quick Report

If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, Facebook, or Twitter, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.