The roof is the topmost layer of defense on any building, the layer that takes most of the beating from the elements in any season. In winter, stress comes in the form of snow, ice, the appearance of ice dams and wide temperature variations – here are more details about how winter weather affects roofs:
- Thermal shock – the end of fall usually comes with freezing temperatures at night and warmer weather during the day, which can cause thermal shock on the roof surface. The problem manifests in the form of cracked roof covering components, damaged seams and flashing. The remedy is simple: when low winter temperatures become stable, inspect the roof for signs of thermal shock and remedy them to maintain the health of your roof;
- Leaks – when the snow on the roof melts, the structure is practically inundated with water. To prevent moisture from penetrating where it shouldn’t, inspect the roof, fix any faults in a timely manner and apply a waterproof coating on the surface before the first snow;
- The appearance of icicles – the process called ice damming takes place when the warm air rising to the roof from the interior of the building melts the snow on the roof, transforming it into water that runs down on the roof side and freezes again at the edge of the roof. You can prevent the issue with a long roof rake that you use to remove excess snow from the roof.
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