Although winter is the season where you get to enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends, your composite shingle roof is in for a rough ride. Even though the composite shingles are durable, the extreme weather conditions can cause significant damage to your roof. To ensure that your roof lasts for a long time, you will need to take clean and maintain it regularly. As winter is a difficult time, here are four types of problems you will face during this season:
Condensation takes place when a cold surface comes in contact with warm air. As you will be using heaters to keep your house warm during winter, there are high chances of condensation taking place. The main reasons why condensation occurs is due to improper ventilation and insulation in the attic.
If you allow condensation to take place, it will increase the level of moisture, making your house a perfect breeding ground for mold. Also, your energy bills will increase as your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system works hard.
Flashing are small metal strips you will find along the ridges, corners, and front edge of your composite shingle roof. You will also find them around the skylights and chimney. If the flashing hasn’t been installed properly during extreme weather conditions, they will get detached, loose, or uplifted from your roof. Without flashing, your composite shingle roof is vulnerable to leaks, which damages your house over time.
One of the most common problem homeowners face during winter are ice dams. When the snow melts in the upper sections of your roof but refreezes as it comes down, it causes ice dams. As water starts accumulating behind the ice dam, its highly likely that it will penetrate your house through the joints and cracks in your roof, causing irreversible damage.
Icicles will form on your roof when it is a sunny day but the temperature is sub-freezing. Even though it looks good, icicles are dangerous as they can fall. Formation of icicles takes place due to clogs in downspouts and gutters. Due to their weight, they damage the gutter and your composite shingles.
These are the four types of problems your composite shingle roof will face during winter. If you want to ensure that you don’t face any problems during the colder months, it is important that you get your roof checked by Prodigy Roofing & Construction. As a top-notch roofing company, we will inspect and diagnose your roof for free and give you the total cost of repairs, within 30 minutes of our arrival!