Roofs are very vulnerable during the winter. As snow and ice accumulate on the roof, the weight can cause damage to both the material and structural integrity of your roof. This can lead to costly repairs or replacement down the road. Living in Salt Lake County, the last thing you want is to discover a leak in your home at 3 am on a cold wintery night. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your roof from winter conditions and keep your home safe and sound.
Prepare Your Roof For Winter
The best time to fix winter roof problems is during the previous fall. Yes, you read that correctly. In almost every case, it is better to get your roof checked out in the fall if you feel that your roof won’t be able to effectively handle the coming winter. Fall is ideal because it gives the contractor more time to complete repairs before cold weather arrives.
During the winter, roofing companies get very busy. This is due to wet and cold weather revealing leaks that homeowners didn’t know they had. You may experience long wait times to have an expert out to take a look at your leak or problem.
If you are in an area with heavy snowfall, your issue may require snow removal before your problem can be addressed. This can further complicate your problems. If you need a winter roof repair, call us here at Far West Roofing. We service a large portion of northern Utah and can get your issue taken care of.
Now let’s talk about some common issues we see during the winter.
Common Winter Roof Problems
Winter varies here in Utah. We have some mild, and rough winters. In almost all cases extreme cold can cause shingles to weaken. Here are some common issues we see during the winter months. especially in Salt Lake County.
With cold and wet conditions, your shingles may experience damage, especially if they are older and cracked. This reduces the protection they provide to your home, and leads to leaks. The best way to prepare for the winter months is to ensure that your shingles are in good shape. This can be done by inspecting your roof and removing any plants, leaves, or other debris from it.
Ice dams are a considerable issue, and cause tons of damage each year. When snow hits a roof and slides down, it can melt and then refreeze at the edge of your roof. As it builds up, it causes water to pool on your roof which in turn causes massive leaks and in some cases, a sagging roof. To make matters worse, snowfall can come and cover it. If you have an ice dam forming, please call us so we can come out and take care of it before it causes a ton of damage.
During heavy snowfall, ice and snow can buildup on your roof. This can cause it to become too heavy for the structure holding it up. This will usually result in the roof sagging which can lead to cracking or even collapsing. If your roof collapses you could sustain serious structural damage.
Pipes exposed to the colder parts of your roof can freeze, and in some cases burst. This can lead to severe leaks that may even damage the structure of your home.
When winter storms get crazy, your roof can experience a lot of wind. Some areas of northern Utah can be windier than others, so its important to know the risks of your area. Wind can blow shingles off your home and expose holes for snow to leak into. It can also blow trees over onto your roof that are under heavy weight from snow. We recommend monitoring any trees that could damage your roof, and assessing your roof after heavy wind.
Icicles form frequently in Salt Lake County. They are generally caused by sub freezing temperatures and sun, which happens frequently for us. Icicles are bad because they clog up your gutters and put excess weight on the edge of your roof. In some cases they can even help cause ice dams if left for weeks. Icicles can also hurt people or objects underneath them when they fall. Do not underestimate how big icicles can become. Ice is heavy and can be very sharp. We recommend you clean your gutters and remove icicles when possible.
These are just some of the many issues you might experience during winter months in Utah. We highly recommend getting your roof prepared before the winter comes. As delays can take weeks at times.
Prepare for Spring
If you make it through winter without any problems, then congratulations! Your roof is doing what it should, protecting your home and family from the wintery elements! Although you may not have problems during winter months, that doesn’t mean your roof didn’t sustain damage. Winter is very difficult on your home. It can damage shingles, and weaken its structure.
We tend to see a lot of issues arise in spring after a brutal winter. This is because roofs take an incredible beating during the winter, and then get hit with rainfall. Water always finds a way through cracks and can get into damage caused by winter.
We recommend you have a roofing contractor come out and diagnose your roof after winter to make sure your home can handle the spring. We would be more than happy to help you with this! We offer Free estimates, and are happy to come give you a winter rood repair diagnostic on your home. Give us a call today to get that scheduled!
We Know Winter Roof Repair
When it comes to getting winter leaks and issues taken care of, there’s no better way than to contact Far West Roofing. Over the past 25 years we have seen every problem under the sun, especially when it comes to winter issues. We guarantee we have fixed your problem many times before, and send our owners out to assess your damage to make sure you get an actual roofing expert.
Winter Roof repair is a common service we offer, and we do our best to come out timely and fix your job as quickly as we can. We understand how bothersome and damaging winter damage can be. Our repair team is licensed and insured, and is outfitted with the best tools to get your problem fixed. Give us a call today for a free estimate, and we’ll get your roof repaired this winter.
Roofing replacements during the winter can be a challenge. It is more dangerous to install a roof during the winter because of icy conditions. Snowfall can delay projects, and might require more man hours for snow removal. Depending on the type of winter roof you are having installed, there may be some restrictions. Shingles for example should be installed above 40 degrees for best results. This allows the sealant to dry effectively, providing strength to your shingles.
If you need a commercial roof replacement during the winter, there are various options. We take on a wide variety of commercial roofing projects during the winter, and can get you scheduled for a time that works best. With commercial jobs, we recommend making plans far out in advance so that we can get things properly squared away. Keep in mind, winter roofing may have delays due to storms, temperature, and snow. This can push jobs out weeks in some instances.
If you need a winter roof replacement, we suggest you give us a call and talk with one of our expert installers.