Getting Your Roof Through the Winter

Icicles on the roof of the wooden house.

One of the main results of poor winterization of roofs here in Connecticut is interior leaking. As in-home heating is running, it escapes the home because heat rises. Poorly insulated walls or attics allows the heat in-home to escape. 

The snow on top of your home will liquefy and enter through any nooks or breaks in the structure. Here are some tips to prevent any roof catastrophes this winter.

Do Not Use Rock Salt On Your Roof

Many people try applying rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow on the roof. This technique’s drawback is that it can damage your current shingles. One broken shingle may not sound like a problem, however, shingles work together to protect your roof! A single missing or broken shingle is a spot where water can get in.

Replace Cracked Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a very common choice for roofing.  When the temperate drops below freezing, they get brittle and tend to break or crack easily. When the water settles into these cracks, it freezes and expands, causing the cracks to become bigger. A cracked shingle, therefore, becomes counterproductive in the process of preventing leakage. It allows for the water to penetrate the cracks and flow into the inner side of the roof.

Add More Insulation

Missing insulation in the roofs of old houses and buildings makes the roof much more susceptible to mold and damages. Any amount of heating used to warm a room without an insulated roof and walls can leak outside. Thus, losing any heat created by your in-home heating unit. Getting insulation installed into your roof and walls will prevent spikes in your heating bill.

Make Necessary Repairs

If your roof is in disrepair, don’t wait until next season to address the problems — now is the time to fix these common roof repairs: 

  • Roof leaks
  • Damaged flashing
  • Clogged gutters
  • Lifted, missing or cracked shingles
  • Tree damage
  • Animal infestation

Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly

You can prevent any leaking by getting a routine inspection. A professional roofing contractor will be able to inspect your current siding and can look to see if there are any adjustments needed. 

It is a precarious undertaking to attempt these winter tips yourself and many homeowners can attest to the high risk of safety in doing so. Do not jeopardize your well-being and leave these dangerous tasks to professionals with the expertise and appropriate equipment.

Experienced and trained technicians at Landmark Exteriors can assist you with your winterization process right when you need it. For any roof inspection, roof repair, or roof replacement needs, contact the pros at Landmark Exteriors today. Make sure to enjoy your winter hassle-free!

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