While Frisco, TX does not experience the ultra-cold winters that many other parts of our country experience, it still does experience significant cold weather, so much so that it affects our roofs and roofing structures in different ways. Herein we are going to explore the common problems that arise from the cold winter weather.
#1. Condensation – Condensation occurs when warm moist air meets a cold surface, causing the water in the air to form water. There is a considerable risk of condensation occurring in attics that are not well insulated, thus resulting in the formation and accumulation of water. With the formation and accumulation of water, there is a considerable risk of the formation of mildew and molds as well as damage to your roofing structure.
#2. Ice Dams – Ice dams tend to form in sunny weather conditions right after a period of cold weather. In such circumstances, the upper section of the roof tends to be warmer, resulting in the thawing of ice. Due to ice thaw, water flows through the lower sections of the roof where due to sub-freezing conditions, it refreezes and forms ice again. A continuous accumulation of ice causes the formation of an ice dam. The weight of the accumulated ice has the potential to cause leakages as well as weaken the roofing structure.
#3. Icicles – Icicles tend to form in the same conditions as the ice dams – sunny and sub-freezing weather conditions. However, icicles, develop due to clogged gutters and downspouts. The weight they have exerts pressure on the gutter and the roofs. They also pose a danger to occupants of the house, in case they start falling.
#4. Hail Damage – Hailstorms are quite common during the winter months. As the hailstones fall, they cause abrasion, and fractures to the shingles and other roofing components. Thus, they destroy the roofing material and reduce the lifespan of the roof, while also increasing the roofing’s susceptibility to leakages during the winter months.
#5. Strong Winds – Strong winds, though not very prevalent, can cause severe damage to the roof. When high wind speeds are sustained, they increase the potential for wind causing damage to the roofing structure. For instance, strong winds that come about during storms can blow away shingles, distorting their alignment or even dislodging them from the roof.
#6. Flashing Leaks – Flashings are the metallic strip installed at the edges of any roof structure. They are placed at the corners, ridges, and edges of your skyline as well as chimneys. In case there is any storm, whether a hailstorm, windstorm or any other type of storm that is common during winter, these strips may be dislodged causing leaks.
As you can appreciate, some of these problems may cause far-reaching issues to your roof and its entire structure. With this in mind, it is important to negate the potential problems by hiring professionals to inspect and conduct repairs where necessary as soon as the cold weather diminishes or as soon as you notice any of the problems mentioned above. Doing so increases the chances of restoring the integrity of your roof and increasing its lifespan.
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