Five Roofing Concerns to Keep in Mind During Winter

A good roof, when properly maintained, can last anywhere from 10 – 20 years. What makes the difference between a roof that lasts 10 years and a roof that lasts 20 years or more? A big key is how well it is maintained in the winter months, particularly in climates such as those in Toledo OH. Many people may be unaware that a roof actually requires maintenance and that taking certain precautionary steps during the cold weather months will go a long way to helping keep your roof viable and sound for many years. Here are five roofing concerns to address during the winter months to help you maintain a sound and solid covering.

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1.) Condensation

Condensation occurs when a cold surface meets warm air. When this happens, water droplets form. If the water is not dispersed, it can lead to mold, mildew and rot. The solution to condensation is a combination of proper insulation and good ventilation. The insulation helps keep the warm air and cold air from ever meeting, and the ventilation helps disperse the moisture if they ever do meet.

2.) Ice Dams

Ice dams form when the lower-hanging areas of the roof are at below-freezing temperatures and the upper areas are above-freezing. When snow melts from the upper, warmer sections of the roof and flows down to re-freeze on the colder, lower sections of the roof and gutters, an ice dam forms. Eventually, this will cause water to back up and pool behind the dam, which may then leak into your home through cracks and joints. This can cause significant water damage. While ice dams cannot ever be completely eliminated, they can be minimized with proper roof insulation and good attic ventilations systems which can be installed by a good roof repair specialist.


Icicles form in much the same way ice dams do. The sun melts ice and snow on the surface of the roof, which then runs down and refreezes in the colder temperatures away from the sun. Icicles can’t be prevented entirely, but they can be diminished by making sure gutters are cleaned before winter weather hits.

4.) Cracked, broken shingles

Shingles are what protect the actual roof itself. When cold weather hits, shingles contract and become more brittle and when temperatures warm up again, they expand. This contraction and expansion itself can cause shingles to crack or break on their own, but when something heavy falls on them, it can also cause shingle damage. Shingle damage frequently occurs during the cold temperatures of the holidays when people walk on the roof to string lights or decorations at Christmas. It’s always a good idea to have your roof checked each spring by a roof repair specialist, particularly if you live in a cold climate such as in Toledo OH.

5.) Heavy weight of accumulated snow

Spring is a particularly hard time on your roof, when heavy snow covering may absorb rainfall, making it even heavier. The additional weight can actually break rafters, which can lead to structural damage and even catastrophic collapse. The heavy weight of snow is of particular concern to older structures where standards for framing were lower when they were built or modern structures that were framed improperly.

If your home could use some fixing up just call American Builders. Find us online at, visit us in Toledo, OH at 6222 North Summit St. (or in Monroe at 3000 North Detroit Ave. or Findlay at 431 Prospect Ave.) or call us at 1-855-693-4727 (MYDISASTER).

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