During the winter months, it’s important to check your roof for signs of damage and for problems that can cause damage if they are left unchecked. Ice, snow, storms and prolonged periods of cold weather can really undermine your roof, so it’s vital that you give it the attention it needs during the chilliest part of the year. However, you may be wondering which common roof-based problems require a professional touch and which ones you can deal with yourself. We’ve come up with a list of winter roofing problems along with recommendations on whether to call a professional or deal with them yourself.
If large drifts of snow form on top of your roof (which may happen during January or February this year), they can cause the roof to bow or buckle. The low temperature can make your roof more brittle while the weight of the snow puts it under pressure. The good news is that this is a problem you may be able to deal with yourself. If you are confident that you can access your roof safely and retain your balance in the slippery, wintery conditions, you may be able to shove or sweep snow drifts from your roof. If you do plan on doing this, we recommend standing on a stable step-ladder and using a long tool to clear the snow from your roof rather than putting your weight on it, as the roof may be unstable or very slippery. If you’re not sure that you can keep your balance, don’t be afraid to call a professional for help.
If rainwater or snow freezes in your gutter, it can create an ice dam that prevents water from flowing out of your guttering. This, in turn, can channel the water under your roof’s shingles and cause serious, long-term damage. Sadly, this isn’t a problem you can easily tackle on your own. In most cases, attempting to remove ice dams yourself is likely to damage your roof further. Don’t worry, though: at Woodstock Roofing, we're happy to rectify the problem with your gutter.
Immediately after a storm, you should check your roof for signs of damage. However, you shouldn’t attempt to repair storm damage yourself under any circumstances. Even damage that appears superficial might indicate that your roof has been destabilised by the storm. Attempting to repair it yourself may not be safe. Always call a professional roofing contractor to fix storm damage.
Here at Woodstock Roofing, we can help you deal with any of these problems if you need us to. Don’t hesitate: contact us as soon as you notice any roof damage that you shouldn’t try to fix yourself.