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What Usually Causes Roofs to Leak in Winter?

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Your roof has to withstand harsh outdoor conditions in winter like high winds, snowfall and freezing temperatures. While modern roofing materials are made to resist these elements, they can only handle so much. If you believe that there’s something wrong with your roof, be sure to contact a professional roofing contractor immediately.

Roofs to Leak in Winter

Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks in the winter.

Excessive Attic Condensation

During the colder months, warm air rises from your living space to your attic. When this warm air cools in the attic, condensation will form, which can result in problems such as mold, rot, poor indoor air quality and sometimes even leaks.

Ice Dams

If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, snow that lands on it will melt and drip down the slope of your roof. It will then refreeze, creating ice dams, which can compromise the functionality of your gutters, resulting in leaks. Failing to address this issue can cause severe roof damage and even compromise your home’s structural integrity. Contact a roof repair professional as soon as you notice ice dams starting to form.

Clogged Gutter System

Leaves, branches and ice can clog your gutters. An inefficient gutter system can’t drain precipitation, so this moisture will back up onto the roof and potentially penetrate beneath the shingles. When left unaddressed, this can lead to a serious leak.

Existing Roof Damage

Another reason roofs leak in winter is because of missing, cracked or damaged shingles. Shingle damage can occur due to hail, high winds and fallen debris. One way to avoid leaks in winter is to schedule a professional inspection after extreme weather events.

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