How Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

Icicles on roof after two days of snowfalls

The winters in Dallas are generally mild, with temperatures between 37.2°F and 60.8°F. Surely not much to be concerned about, but there are occasional sudden cold waves with freezing rain. That’s a huge contrast with the summer’s high of 96.4F.

Here in Texas, winter weather can be damaging to your roof. Read on to learn about the weather’s impact on Texas roofing and what you can do about it.

Hailstones Horror

Hailstones can be tiny little balls of ice. They fall from the sky, land harmlessly, and melt away. They’re nothing to worry about and not likely to cause any damage to your roof.

The problem is that hailstones are not always tiny. Sometimes they can be as big as baseballs. Just imagine a hail of baseballs falling from the sky.

Large hailstones can cause tremendous damage to anything they fall on. Cars, plants, and even people are at risk of injury. Certainly, a hailstone shower can cause tremendous damage to your roof.

The result can be cracked and broken shingles. Vents can be broken too, and so can guttering and downpipes. If this damage is not fixed, the result can be leaks and further structural damage caused by rainwater getting into your building.

After a hailstorm, it is wise to inspect your roof for any damage. Look out for tell-tale dimples on your roof where large hailstones have landed and caused damage. If you find them, call a professional roof repairer to assess the damage and give you a quotation for a repair.

Moisture in Your Roof

Water can cause damage to a roof at any time of year, but the problems are more pronounced in winter. This is because differences between the temperature inside your home, the attic, and the atmosphere can cause condensation.

When warm air passes over a cold material, moisture in the warm air tends to condense on the cold material. Poor insulation and poor ventilation can both result in this condensation forming in your attic.

Condensation can lead to several problems. Water is damaging to the fabric of your home so that it can result in the weakening of important parts of the structure.

A damp environment is conducive to mold and mildew. These unpleasant organisms also damage your building’s fabric, but they have additional risks to you and your home. They produce unpleasant smells and can also contribute to health problems such as asthma and eczema.

It’s important to maintain good insulation and ventilation so that your roof continues to protect from condensation. Get it checked by a roofing professional and have any issues resolved before you have to fix the damage caused by condensation.

Ice Damage

During periods of cold weather, ice can form on your roof. As the weather improves, the warmth melts the ice, but it doesn’t do this evenly. The higher parts of your roof melt first.

As the melted ice turns into water, it flows down the roof. When the recently melted ice meets ice, it can freeze again. The ice builds up in this area of the roof forming ice dams.

These ice dams can get quite heavy, and they also prevent water from flowing from the roof. Together, more weight and standing water damages your roof and causes cracks. When the ice does eventually melt, water can flow through the cracks causing leaks into the attic and the building below.

The damage to your roof doesn’t stop at leaks. The structure can also be weakened. This can make the roof unsafe in windy conditions and prone to further damage.

Freezing conditions can also cause icicles to form. They tend to be a sign that you have blocked gutters.

As water accumulates in the gutter as snow and ice melt, the blockage makes the water overflow the gutter, and then it freezes again. The weight of the icicles can damage the gutters and even the roof further.

Maintenance of your gutters can reduce the formation of icicles. If they do form, it is wise to have your roof checked for any damage.

Storms and Wind

Although strong winds are not common in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington areas, they can be powerful when they do come. High winds are potentially damaging to your roof.

High wind can dislodge or even remove roof tiles or shingles. The result is an opportunity for water to enter the roof space and cause a leak and water damage.

High winds can also damage the structure of your roof, especially if it is already weakened by age or water damage.

Leaking Roof

Flashing is the metal material used to edge your roof. You may notice it around corners, and ridges and if you have a chimney, you may see it around that. High winds, snow, and ice can cause the flashing to come away from the roof.

Flashing is essential for sealing joints. If it is damaged, it can result in leaks.

Snow Damage

Even though snow is rare, it does occur from time to time. When it does come, the weight of the snow can damage your roof.

Ice dams can form under the snow causing leaks. It’s important to check your roof after the snow to identify any damage and leaks. Immediate repairs prevent further damage and protect your home from water damage in the future?

Texas Roofing

Texas winters can be tough on Texas roofing. Have your roof inspected and repaired by professionals. Look after your roof, and your roof will protect your home.

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