As winter weather takes over Austin, Texas homeowners face a unique set of challenges, and your roof is no exception. Winter weather can be particularly harsh on roofs, posing potential risks such as leaks, ice dams, and other issues. At Orbit Roofing we are prepared to help you with your winter roofing issues and are happy to answer any questions you may have. In this blog post, we'll explore essential tips to help you protect your roof and ensure a cozy and leak-free winter season.
Before the winter chill really sets in, conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. Our roofing professionals look for any signs of damage or wear, such as loose or missing shingles, granule loss, cracked flashing, or even leaks. Addressing these issues before winter arrives can prevent more significant problems down the line.
Clean and clear gutters are crucial for proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to the formation of ice dams, which may cause water to seep into your home. Remove debris, leaves, and any other obstructions from your gutters to ensure smooth water flow.
Proper insulation and roof ventilation play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy roof during winter. Ensure your attic is well-insulated to prevent heat from escaping and forming ice dams. Proper roof ventilation helps regulate temperature and moisture, preventing condensation that can lead to mold and mildew. It allows cool air to enter the attic and hot air to escape. Allowing hot air to escape your attic helps in the prevention of ice dams, which we’ll discuss below.
Holiday lights are beautiful and spread cheer, but you want to be sure that you use roof friendly hanging techniques. Avoid puncturing your roof or eaves while hanging holiday décor by using light clips that hook to gutters or eaves. Do not nail, staple, or otherwise puncture your shingles or eaves in any way. Even though these holes seem small, they will let moisture in and over time will compromise your roof. When it comes time to take decorations down, remove the light clips carefully. Pulling them down from ground level can lead to gutter, eave, and even shingle damage.
While a picturesque snow-covered roof may seem charming, excessive snow accumulation can be problematic and even dangerous. In recent years, snow has become more of a concern for Austin, TX homeowners. Use a roof rake to carefully remove snow, especially after heavy snowfall. This prevents the added weight from stressing the roof structure and reduces the risk of ice dams. If you experience heavy snow, it may be safest to call a snow removal professional. Interior signs that heavy snow or ice is putting a burden on your roof may include visible cracks or bending in attic rafters, as well as drywall or plaster cracks in ceilings and walls.
An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofing systems. It occurs when heavy snow buildup melts during the day and refreezes at night when the temperature drops at night. Several days of melting and freezing cycles can cause water to work its way under the shingles and enter the attic where it can eventually cause damage to ceilings and walls. Balanced attic ventilation as well as installing ice and water shields along the eaves and in vulnerable areas of the roof can prevent the formation of ice dams. These shields act as a barrier, preventing melted snow from seeping under shingles and causing leaks.
Winter storms can bring heavy snow and ice, potentially causing branches to break and fall onto your roof. The ice storms we’ve faced in Austin in the last couple of years caused a lot of damage to trees, and subsequently to roofs and homes. Be sure to trim overhanging branches to prevent them from damaging your roof during winter storms.
At Orbit Roofing, we offer comprehensive winter roof inspections. Our roofing professionals can identify potential issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye and provide necessary roof repairs or maintenance, as well as a plan for keeping your roof in good condition. We can also help you understand the health of your roofing system, so you know how much life is left in your current roof.
Austinites faced an active spring storm season, resulting in many hail and wind damaged roofs. Although you still have time to file an insurance claim for these storm damages, it is best to take care of these problems quickly. The snow and ice of a winter storm can make existing roof damage worse, costing you more money in the long run.
Be prepared for winter storms by having a plan in place. Know how to safely remove snow from your roof and have our contact information on hand in case immediate repairs are needed. Call us at (512) 957-0155 or email us at [email protected] for your winter roofing needs.
By taking proactive measures to protect your roof during the winter months, you can ensure a cozy and leak-free home. Regular roof maintenance, preventive roof inspections, and prompt roof repairs will go a long way in safeguarding your home against the challenges posed by winter weather. Stay warm and worry-free as you enjoy the beauty of the season!