“You can predict what kind of winter will bring, but it's nice to know you've got a sturdy roof over your and your family's heads to shield you,” Shaw said. “So, you'll want to ensure your roof remains in a strong state.”
Shaw said depending on the location of the property, winter can be harsh on a home, with issues that can range from frozen pipes and fogged windows to the dead landscaping. “These are common issues,” Shaw said. “A damaged roof should not be one of them.”
Shaw said ice dams are one of the most common issues during the wintertime, and to make sure the roof remains in great condition, the homeowner needs to clear the dams away as soon as they can.
“You don't want clogged gutters and an overworked heating system,” Shaw said. “Snow will melt as it lands on your roof, thanks to your home's heat, but what doesn't drain from the gutters will freeze, causing ice damming.”
It's important homeowners regularly check their gutters during this time, Shaw said, as more problems can occur if careful attention isn't paid. “If ice becomes too heavy, your gutters can break,” Shaw noted. “Plus, if your roof isn't insulated properly, the melted snow can seep underneath shingles and leak into your home.”
Ice dams may be the most common issue, but condensation is another issue that affects Minnesota roofs during the cooler months. It occurs when warm, moist air hits a cold surface, and can cause shingles to loosen or become otherwise damaged.
“If you're suffering from condensation problems, you should have your roofing contractor address these issues,” Shaw said. “It's most likely the cause of ventilation problems.”
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