Why Is My Roof Leaking in the Winter?!

Your roof made it through spring rains, summer storms and autumn winds. So, why is your roof leaking now that it’s winter? Here are some reasons your roof might leak during the colder months of the year. These are great things to check on before the next winter storm –

1. Ice Dams
An ice dam is a solid block of ice that has obstructed your roof and is preventing water from running off of it. Dams may have formed on your home’s roof because of snow that initially melted and then froze again. The result causes water to gather and sit, eventually wearing through the roof and causing a leak. Stop dams from happening by making sure the warmth of your attic is properly sealed off, so snow does not melt and refreeze.

2. Damaged Roof Shingles
Damage to shingles on top of your home, no matter what caused them, can unfortunately result in a leaky roof. To stop this from occurring, make sure that shingles are replaced if need be before a winter storm hits.

3. Clogged Gutters
Like all other parts of your home, gutters need to be cleaned regularly to operate properly. If you allow gutters to become clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris, the results can be unpleasant when water or melted snow cannot leave the roof. Make sure you clear gutters regularly, especially during fall and winter months.

Any instance with excessive precipitation can lead to a compromised and leaky roof in the winter — especially if clogged gutters, solid ice or inferior/damaged shingles are present. To learn more about how to protect your roof in the winter and all year long, visit www.meslerexteriors.com or call us at (785) 749-0462

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