Roof of house on a snowy hill covered with snow at night time while snow still falls.

During the winter, your roof has an important role: to protect your home. We’re sharing our knowledge by outlining the top 5 most common roofing issues to watch out for this winter:

Issue #1 – Condensation

Many homeowners confuse a leaky roof with condensation. Condensation is most often found in attics and occurs when warm air meets a cold surface. And if left untreated, this moisture can turn into mold or mildew. If you are unsure of your attic’s current ventilation status, Nationwide Roofing can provide a free inspection!

Issue #2 – Ice

Ice can be extremely dangerous for your roof. For example, melting and refreezing water can create what roofing contractors identify as ice dams or ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent proper water drainage. You can avoid this by cleaning your gutters and downspouts regularly.

Issue #3 – Winds

In addition to ice, anyone who has endured a Midwest winter knows the pain of chilly winds. Consequently, if these winds reach a high enough speed, shingles can be ripped off of your roof. Missing or damaged shingles can lead to permanent destruction. If you notice shingles on the ground, contact one of Nationwide’s roofing professionals immediately.

Issue #4 – Tree Limbs

Trees are also quite the winter hazard. For instance, frail limbs and branches can’t fight against high winds and heavy snowfall therefore they are weak. If too close to your house, these limbs can cause significant damage to the top protective layer. Trim any branches that come within six feet of your roof. Contact our roof experts if you have concerns about any trees in your area!

Issue #5 – Leaks

Thick snowfall, or any other winter element, can destroy an elderly roof. When excess water is trapped, it begins to deteriorate and invade the surface. The most common areas that fall victim to this issue are the roofline, chimney and valley. These places should be monitored closely throughout the winter to prevent roof destruction.

In short, being mindful of each of these common issues is important. If you take preventative measures now you can save big bucks later. Remember: Nationwide Roofing is here year-round to respond to any roofing emergencies. Never hesitate to give us a call: 618-975-3340.