Winter is a harsh season for many countries. In the United States, winter means snow that can add weight to the roof and winds that are cold. One of the problems that your roof can suffer from is condensation. When warm air meets a cold surface, condensation will occur, leading to mold and mildew.
Flashing leaks can happen to roofs that are sloped. Flashings are the strips of metal placed along the front edge, corners, and ridges of your roof and around your chimney and skylights, and they can cause water leaks if they are not installed correctly. The best solution for this problem is checking your flashing every six months.
The winter is known for strong winds, and they can be one of the major causes of shingle removal. Once shingles loosen, it is susceptible to leaks. If you notice shingles or other parts of your roof on the ground, contact a contractor to replace those shingles before more damage occurs.
Another problem that can cause damage to your roof is tree limbs. Lots of trees can make your house more beautiful. However, overhanging tree limbs can scrape the surface of your roof and damage its protective top layer. Branches can also fall on your roof. Cutting the branches off near the house before winter can solve this problem.
Ice dams result when the upper areas of an icy roof begin to thaw, and the lower perimeter areas are still frozen. Melted ice can stay on your roof, and when the next winter comes, they can freeze back and misalign your roof. Although, with proper insulation and a good attic ventilation system, they can be minimized.
There are different problems that people face with your roof during summer, and if you want to know what these problems are, you can check this infographic from Fahey.Roofing Contractors.