Common Home Exterior Issues in the Winter

Common Home Exterior Issues in the Winter

As winter hits, you might begin to notice certain issues with your home’s exterior. Your roof seems to have sustained damage and there are other problems that need fixed as well. Some of the causes may not be clear, so you might not know what to repair. You don’t want to have to endure these problems the whole winter, so you should know what some of the most common home exterior issues are and how to fix them.

Ice Dams

This problem is one of the most likely during the winter and potentially the most damaging. Ice dams are formed when melted snow collects along valleys and gutters on your roof and then refreezes. The frozen water creates a dam for water that seeps into your roof, damaging your shingles and flashing and causing leakage inside your home.

Periodically clear your roof of snow by shoveling or raking it off to prevent this. This can be a pretty dangerous job, so we recommend calling a professional to help you with it.

Clogged Gutters

Another major problem that must be addressed during the winter is clogged gutters. Ideally, your gutters should be cleared of all leaves and debris before it snows, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. If your gutters are clogged, the snow and melted water will collect in them, potentially causing ice dams and other roof and gutter damage.

To prevent this, you’ll want to have your gutters cleaned out. You can do this yourself, but make sure you take the proper safety precautions. Have someone hold the ladder for you, dress warmly, and use lightweight tools. If you don’t want to deal with this freezing, grueling work, you can hire a professional to do it for you.

Dangerous Icicles

As winter precipitation slowly melts off your roof during the day and then refreezes again overnight, it can cause icicles to form. They are a very beautiful sight, but don’t be fooled. These beauties are very dangerous and cause major damage to your roof and potential damage in other areas. They can cause leakage through your roof or windows and if they fall, they could hurt someone or smash windows.

Prevent icicles from ever forming, by putting heat tape across the edge of your roof.

Condensation

As cold precipitation and air makes contact with warmed surfaces like your home, condensation ensues. This doesn’t just mean foggy windows. As condensation seeps into your home, it can cause mold and mildew to form on both the interior and exterior walls and roof.

Make sure you have the proper drainage installed and periodically clear away water and ice from your roof. Make sure you have the proper insulation inside your roof as well as good ventilation and airflow.

 

If you come across a problem on your home exterior that you can’t fix, give us a call immediately and we will offer you our professional care and services.

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