Whether you love the season or dread it, winter is approaching. We will all seek shelter sooner or later. So as you begin to bundle up in layers, think about the layers of your roof, are they going to keep you safe and warm this winter?
Here are some potential roofing hazards that can arise during a Maine winter and some ways you might prevent them.
Check Your Ventilation
Every roof should have ventilation. You need to make sure that the ventilated area is clear of debris and allows air to flow freely. Otherwise, you could fall prey to ice dams which create a whole other set of problems. Ice dams build up and can create costly damage and worrisome leaks. Ice dams present a potentially dangerous situation if they thaw enough to let go and fall from the roof onto a porch or deck — often where someone could be standing.
Beware of Loose Shingles
Have your roof inspected before snow arrives. If any shingles are loose, there is the chance that moisture will find its way under your shingles during thaw cycles. When another layer of snow hits or a deep freeze sets in, ice will form. This vicious cycle will wreak havoc on the structure of your roof, possibly creating leaks.
Trees Around Your Home
Tree branches that extend over the roof of your home become an added risk during the winter. When the snow accumulates on limbs, the added weight can increase the chance that limbs will break and fall. Trim your trees back to give yourself peace of mind.
Small Problems That Could Get Worse
If you already have a troublesome leak or minor damage on your roof, you’re leaving yourself open to bigger problems during the winter. The cold, ice, and snow are likely to make small problems worse. The best thing you can do is address such issues before winter arrives by having a professional look it over.
If Your Roof Needs an Expert
If you detect problems on your roof that are too big for you to handle, contact us at Horch Roofing. Since 2003, we at have serviced the Mid Coast area on thousands of roofing and gutter projects . Whether you have a minor repair for our Dispatch Crew or have a roof fail in the middle of winter, we are the experts to handle this situation. We don’t want you to be in one of the aforementioned situations, so we encourage you to contact one of our representative at Horch Roofing before winter arrives.