In Utah, roof problems are common during the winter months. But if you keep your eyes open and catch them early, your home will be better protected against the elements.
This winter is expected to be colder and snowier than normal for northern Utah, which means many different things can go wrong with your roof. If you notice any of the common roof problems listed below, contact a professional roofer right away.
Ice dams are among the most damaging roof problems for areas of Utah that get snow and ice.
An ice dam forms when heat collects in the attic space, warming the underside of the roof deck and melting the snow. The water runs down the roof and refreezes at the edge along the gutters. Ice dams can cause the gutters to give way, and they can also create moisture damage inside and outside the home.
Icicles may seem harmless, but they result from the same rooftop conditions as ice dams, and they can be just as destructive.
When large numbers of icicles form in one area, the culprit is usually poor attic insulation in that spot. Not only can icicles destroy gutters, but they can also cause injury to people below if they suddenly break lose.
The cold can also create roof problems that affect the inside of the home.
Condensation can occur due to poor attic ventilation. When the heat inside a home rises to the attic, it can become trapped if the roof doesn’t have enough vents. The moisture in the air condenses on the walls and underneath the roof deck. Over time, condensation can lead to mold, mildew and rotting in the attic and roofing materials.
Northern Utah may not see many severe blizzards, but heavy snowfall can cause roof problems.
Though roofing systems are designed to withstand snow loads, the weight of a large amount of snow can create roof damage. In some cases, snowfall can induce or contribute to rooftop collapse.
Many Utah homes have large trees with branches that hang over the rooftop. Diseased or stressed limbs can cause serious roof problems.
When branches become burdened with ice and snow, they are more likely to break off and fall. Fallen tree limbs can weaken, crack or break away roofing materials. In addition, branches can trap snow or water on the rooftop, leading to further roof damage.
The professional team at Knockout Roofing, serving customers in northern Utah for over 15 years, is known for providing exceptional workmanship and top-quality roofing materials at an affordable price.
Knockout Roofing is here to meet all your rooftop repair, maintenance and installation needs. Contact our Salt Lake City office to schedule a free evaluation and repair estimate for your roof problems today.