Common Roof Issues the Winter Is Notorious For

Winter is generally bad for your roof’s health. Strong winds and heavy snowfalls can take turns in punishing your roofing system throughout the season. Garlock-French Corporation discusses the problems to watch out for during winter:

Common Roof Issues the Winter Is Notorious For

Leaks

While leaks can happen any time of the year, you might experience them more during the wintry months of the Twin Cities. The constant presence of snow buys the water more time to get into your home and suck the strength out of the building material it touches. If your roofing system was already in bad shape before the winter, its condition will only worsen.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to do roof maintenance. Actually, you can find that scheduling an inspection during winter easier because roofers are generally less busy. If your home hasn’t seen roofing professionals in a while, don’t procrastinate on the inspection. At Garlock-French Corporation, we encourage you to set up a meeting ASAP, so we can identify causes for concerns and clean your gutters before water damage happens.

Attic Condensation

Condensation happens when moist air meets colder objects. If your attic has poor ventilation, your roofing system becomes less efficient in breathing out indoor moisture. The underlying wood roof deck might become damp and set the stage for a host of problems like mold growth.

It’s imperative to schedule a professional inspection to determine whether your attic has adequate ventilation. If it doesn’t, we can fix the problem with the perfect combination of intake and exhaust vents.

Ice Damming

Ice dam formation isn’t a natural phenomenon. It happens when your roof’s upper areas are warm enough to melt the snow, only to refreeze it at the colder, lower portions. In no time, you’ll have ridges of ice and even icicles possibly reaching the ground, which are always hazardous.

Ice dam buildup occurs because of a number of factors, including poor attic insulation, insufficient ventilation and air leakage. While addressing each issue is paramount, installing a metal roofing system helps mitigate the negatives of ice damming. With its interlocking panels, a properly installed metal roof can shed snow and water effectively.

Give your roof the care it needs this winter. Contact Garlock-French Corporation today to schedule an inspection in St. Paul or Minneapolis, MN, at your convenience and to get an estimate.