Roof leaks are a common yet concerning issue during winter, as they can cause significant damage to both the exterior and interior of homes. In this article, Acorn Home Improvements, Inc. discusses four potential sources of these leaks and tips to prevent each one from occurring in the first place.
1. Ice Dams
Ice dams form when heat from the attic melts the snow on the roof, which then refreezes at the roof’s edge, creating a dam. This dam prevents the melted snow from draining, causing it to back up under the shingles and leak into your home. Regular roof inspections and proper attic ventilation can help avoid ice dam formation and reduce the risk of leaks.
2. Damaged or Missing Shingles
Damaged or missing shingles can expose the underlying roof deck to the elements, leading to leaks. Winter weather can be particularly harsh on roof shingles, causing them to crack, break, or loosen. Regular roof inspections and maintenance, especially before winter, can identify and rectify shingle issues and preserve your roof’s first line of defense against leaks.
3. Inadequate Insulation
Inadequate roof insulation can contribute to heat loss, leading to uneven roof surface temperatures and subsequent ice dam formation. This, in turn, can result in roof leaks. Ensuring proper insulation can help maintain a consistent roof surface temperature, reducing the risk of ice dams and associated leaks.
4. Faulty Flashing
Flashing, the material that seals joints around roof structures like chimneys and vents, can also be a source of leaks. If improperly installed or damaged, water can infiltrate these joints and lead to leaks. Regularly inspecting and maintaining your flashing can prevent leaks and ensure it remains in good condition.
Call Us for All Your Roofing Needs This Winter
Roof leaks during winter can stem from a variety of sources. By understanding where they may come from, you can take proactive steps to prevent them. Acorn Home Improvements is here to assist you in addressing these roofing issues so you can maintain a well-protected and leak-free home throughout the winter season. For more information, call (973) 386-9604, or fill out the form on our contact page for a consultation!