Winter is coming, is your roof ready?

Whether you love the season or dread it, winter is coming! With winter comes driving wind, rain, snow, and ice. 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. Is the ventilated area clear of debris and allowing air to flow freely? If not, there is the potential for ice dams to form. 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 the 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 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. If you can do so safely, trim back trees around your home or have a professional tree service trim them to protect your home and roof.


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 to address these issues is to have professional repairs done before the snow flies.


If Your Roof Needs an Expert

If a visual inspection detects problems on your roof, contact us today!. For 17 years Horch Roofing has been Maine’s reliable expert for roofing or gutter replacement and repairs. We serve the communities of coastal Maine from our offices in Warren and Westbrook.  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. Horch Roofing repairs and installs metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. Click here to fill out our online leak repair form or call our experts at 207-273-1111.