5 Roofing Concerns Caused by Winter Weather in New Jersey and PennsylvaniaJan 15, 2022
Ensuring your home is ready to withstand the winter months is critical, especially in northern states, as we experience the extremes such as snowstorms and high winds.
Our team at Surf & Turf Roofing is happy to provide you with an inspection as you anticipate the weather changing over the seasons. Whether for your peace of mind or specific concerns you may have related to your current roof.
What Roofing Issues Are Caused by Winter Storms
Many issues can arise when a roof needs repairs. Some issues cannot be avoided due to bad weather and unforeseen events. However, we need to take necessary precautions as we enter into a season that is often filled with snow, ice, and high winds.
New Jersey residents can be equipped with the information they need to protect their homes from damage caused by winter weather in the months ahead.
5 roofing issues to be aware of are:
- Ice Dams
- Clogged Gutters
- Tree Damage
- Cracked or Damaged Flashing
- General Damage from Snow Storms
Roofing Concerns and Prevention
Throughout the year we are told the importance of upkeep around our home whether it be HVAC repairs or pool maintenance—the list for homeowners seems to be ongoing. During the winter, we encourage you to pay close attention to your roof to prevent any major issues from arising.
An ice dam is when snow falls onto a roof, begins to melt, and then refreezes as it runs down the roof. If this happens repeatedly, a dam develops, preventing any excessive runoff to be removed from your roof. Ice dams can lead to water getting under your shingles and causing leaks in your home.
How to prevent: Proper ventilation and heated cables are two excellent ways to prevent ice dams from ever being an issue. If you’ve already noticed icicles and ice dams developing, this article offers several suggestions on how to properly remove them to prevent further roof damage and leaks from occurring.
Gutters clogged from debris, leaves, and other build-up can cause a whole slew of issues. Although beautiful to look at, icicles can rip gutters off of your home. They are also a sign that your home is not removing water from the roof.
How to prevent: Before winter weather strikes, take time to ensure your gutters are clear of any debris build-up. Learn more about the importance of keeping gutters cleared here!
Homes surrounded by large trees always have a heightened risk of tree damage to their roofs. During snowstorms that bring with them heavy snow, high winds, and ice, more tree limbs are bound to come down.
How to prevent: Be sure to prevent tree damage by cutting back trees that are at risk of breaking off and falling on your home!
Cracked and Damaged Flashing
Roof flashing is a protective, metal layer of your roof that helps prevent water from building up in certain areas on your roof and entering your home. When your flashing is damaged, water can enter the cracks and wreak havoc on your home and possessions.
How to prevent: Have your roof inspected annually to ensure your flashing is not cracked or damaged. When you do have your roof replaced discuss the state of your current flashing and whether or not they will be replacing it as well.
General Damage from Winter Storms
From snow and high winds to hail and freezing temperatures—winter weather can cause many issues for homeowners. Although not all issues are avoidable, there are several things you can do to prevent severe damage to your roof and home.
How to prevent: Ensure you’ve taken all preventative measures before entering the winter months. Trim trees, ensure your home is properly ventilated, clear gutters, and have your roof inspected.
Why Surf & Turf Roofing
Our team of experienced roofers is dedicated to providing you with exceptional roofing services from the initial inspection to a full roof replacement. We are here so that you can rest assured during the winter months—knowing your roof has been inspected and repaired by roofing professionals that care. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the state of your roof—contact us today for an inspection or free estimate!
Check out these recent roof repairs we did on Green Grove Road in Brick Township, NJ!