Many people who own homes in the north part of the country experience a lot of roofing problems during the winter months. They could experience ice dams, damage to shingles or flashing and downspouts. Obviously, the best time of year to prepare your roof is in the fall but we are obviously way past that now.
If you were unable to prepare your roof before winter came and you are experiencing a leak or some structural damage to your roof, there are definitely a few things you can do.
Inspect your roof for any ice dams that might have formed where you can visibly see icicles. If you ever see icicles on the home, that means that the roofing insulation is not adequate and warm air is escaping causing the snow on the roof to melt and then when a cold freeze comes through it re-freezes. Not sure of what an ice dam is? Check out this good write-up.
We had this happen on our home in the New York area a few years back and it was a nightmare. We had 5 foot icicles and the ice dams on our roof or at least 1 foot thick. Our neighbors had the same problem but rather than do it yourself, they opted to hire one of the better roofing companies in Albany to help remove the roof ice and snow.
It is likely better to hire a professional roofing company to service and maintain your roof especially when ice is involved in close contact to shingles. The last thing you want to have happen is chipping away at the ice and you damage your shingles or other parts of your roof.
You might experience roofing weeks around your chimney, skylights or other areas where warm moisture might escape.
Regardless of what you are experiencing, be sure to hire a professional who can inspect and service your roof without causing any damage. Here is a great video reinforcing what we said & how to address ice dams…