As the weather cools and winter approaches, a variety of problems might arise in your home. As a homeowner, it is in your best interest to conduct research and be proactive in the face of potential difficulties, one of which is roofing leaks. Roofing leaks can occur at any time of year, but winter roof leaks have a few causes that are unique to this season. What could be the causes of your leaking roof this winter? Roof replacement expert Expert Contracting is here to help!
Ice dams happen when the snow that settles on your roof melts and runs down its slope, then cools and re-freezes at the eaves, leaving thick ice ridges. They’re the most typical source of winter roofing leaks and are one of the most common reasons why contractors are usually called in the middle of winter. Water and snow cannot flow off your roof because of these ridges, causing a new layer to build. Water can creep backward beneath the shingles of your roof, entering through microscopic gaps and holes and causing leaks inside your home. If ice dams aren’t removed, they can cause serious damage to your roof and home’s structure, as cellulose-based or wooden roofing materials are very prone to moisture and water damage.
If an ice dam is verified to be the source of the leaks, it’s tempting to try to clean it yourself. After all, it’s just ice, so you can probably strike it off with a hammer or a shovel, right? Unfortunately, they aren’t that simple and require specific skills and equipment to be dealt with, making this a job that should be left to the experts. The steamers and other heavy-duty equipment necessary to demolish the dam can be hazardous to the untrained. Having a competent contractor perform monthly maintenance runs on your roof is the greatest way to maintain it healthy and prevent minor concerns from becoming major ones, avoiding costly roof repair and other issues.
Poor Attic Insulation
If you’re experiencing attic leaks this winter, poor attic insulation probably is to blame. A lot of heated air could come in if your attic insulation isn’t properly maintained or changed. When that heated air rises and enters a poorly insulated attic, a lot of condensation will occur. This is because heat rises and condenses as water vapor in your heated living room. When water vapors condense in your attic and simmer for a while, they cool and condense into huge, hazardous drops. As they fall on the wooden surfaces of your attic, these could cause your roofing beams to rot.
The best method to avoid this problem is to inspect your attic regularly and perform adequate sealing and insulation. Check the ambient temperature in your attic space during the evenings to see if your internally heated air is seeping into it. The temperature in the attic should be equivalent to the outside temperature, and if it’s warmer, you’ve got insulation issues.
Need a good pick among roofing companies in your area? Expert Contracting is a company that prides itself on the strong relationships built through its team and the clients they serve. Since 2004, our family-owned business has been known for offering affordable, high-quality roofing services and staffing a team of friendly, knowledgeable professionals that are also versed in gutter and siding installation and repair. We also maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®, and we are a GAF Master Elite® Certified roofing contractor!
For any inquiries, contact us through (716) 572-7303 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We proudly serve clients and homeowners in West Seneca, NY.