salt lake city contractors fix winter roof problemsWinter roofing problems can wreak absolute havoc on your home and family. Here are the three major winter roofing problems we see as a Salt Lake City contractor, and what you can do to prevent them.

  1. Ice dams in the gutters

    An ice dam is basically a layer of ice that forms along the edge of the roof and into the gutter, impeding the ability of melting snow to drain off the roof. As a result, melting snow often ends up in the home’s interior, which, needless to say, can be quite a hassle, causing condensation, mold, and mildew.

    What to do

    Luckily, there are a number of different things you can do to prevent ice dams. First and foremost, before the snow starts to fall, make sure you check your roof for any signs of weathering or wear and tear. If you notice any problems, fix them immediately.

    When to Bring in a Salt Lake City Contractor

    Also, keep in mind that ice dams tend to occur as a result of inadequate insulation and ventilation in the attic. Therefore, it can be advantageous to bring a professional in to ensure that your attic is in tip-top shape this winter season.

  2. Flashing leaks

    Flashing refers to the piece of sheet metal that covers the joints in a roof to help prevent water damage, typically around chimney, skylight, or dormers. When your flashing becomes weather damaged, it will cause leaking.

    What to do

    Check your flashing. If you notice any issues, address them immediately. Ideally, you want to have a professional check your flashing at least once a year.

  3. Condensation

    Condensation inevitably occurs when a cold roof assembly meets warm air. This will most typically occur either in your attic or on the top floor of your home. This can lead to mold, wet insulation, and in extreme cases, roof failure. If you see water droplets collecting on your ceiling, especially on a sunny day, you should be concerned.

    What to do

    Lack of proper ventilation and insulation are the primary culprits when it comes to condensation. Because insulation is complex, the problem can often be hard to pinpoint. For example, lack of a foil underlay isn’t something you would be able to detect yourself. If you suspect something is off with your insulation, it is best to call in a professional to avoid problems down the line.