Why Winter Can Tell You What’s Wrong With Your Roof

The old saying “fix the roof while the sun is shining” may be a well-worn phrase, but it is most often when the sun is barely seen that the need to carry out roof repairs becomes apparent.

Never is this more true than in winter. Firstly, this is because the weather itself can cause damage, with this season more likely than most to bring heavy rain, high winds and the freeze-thaw effects of snow and ice.

Secondly, having shortcomings in your roof will bring worse consequences for your house; if it leaks and cold water or snow drips in, this can damage the contents of your attic. A lack of good insulation and tiny gaps in your roof through which heat may escape may be welcomed by the birds that can perch on it and warm their feet up, but it means a colder house and higher fuel bills.

Of course, even with a roof that starts off in a good state of repair, severe winter weather can have a major impact, Familyhandyman.com notes.

Problems include ice dams, where iced-up gutters leave further snow and ice with nowhere to go, risking water damage, mould and rot when it finally melts.

Another problem is that the weight of heavy snow can cause damage to the structure of the roof, so it’s important to check out how your roof is coping if you do get serious quantities of the white stuff.

While the days are now getting lighter, it is usually in January and February that the coldest, snowiest weather comes, although of course this is likely to be more severe if you live further north, at higher altitudes and outside an urban area.

No matter where you live, however, it is important to be aware of the damage your roof can suffer in winter and be prepared to act fast to get it fixed.