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Negative Effects of Winter Season On Your Outdated Roof

In 2021 winter storms accounted for $15 billion insurance losses. Most of the losses were due to winter storms that affected the area of Texas that year, and the main reported damage was to the roof.  Heavy snow, rain, ice buildup, and harsh winds can eat away at any roof, especially one not made to withstand that weather or is aged and due for replacement.  The damage can range anywhere between a few drops of leakage here and there and a total collapse of the roof structure. Here are some of the main culprits for roof damage in winter.

Rain and Snow 

Snow can really build up during winter, sometimes even reaching a few feet in thickness. This built-up snow can strain your roof and cause several construction problems, such as structural failure and collapse.  Things can even worsen once the snow melts due to heat rising from the rest of the house or when the weather starts to warm up. All that melting snow can cause leaks and water damage.  Heavy rain is just as bad. The water will find its way through the shingles and cause leaks that can damage your ceilings, create mold, and other problems.

Ice or Condensation

Ice dams are very harmful to all roofs in general, as well as to your gutters. They usually occur as a result of poor insulation and insufficient ventilation. If your attic door is not correctly insulated or closed, hot air from the rest of your house can escape through your attic and heat the higher points of your roof, causing the snow to melt. When this melted snow starts to drain, it gets caught on the existing snow and creates ice dams and icicles that can cause structural damage to your roof and gutters.  Similarly, insufficient ventilation and insulation can also cause condensation in your attic creating many problems, with mold and mildew at the top of the list. 


Harsh winds are incredibly harmful to your roof. They can create a lot of wear and tear all year round that will cause problems once rain and snow start to fall. Powerful winds can chip or displace tiles on your roof so be sure to check your roof frequently. 

Prevention is Key

Regular roof maintenance and inspection are essential for the prolonged life of your house’s protective cover. Ensure the attic is correctly sealed and insulated to avoid condensation, ice dams, mold, and mildew.  Check the state of your roof before each winter season, fix any minor damages, and clean your gutters to avoid leaks and water damage. It would help if you also tried to clean any built-up snow on your roof whenever possible.

Ensure Roof Safety and Stability

Keeping your roof in top shape and replacing it in due time when it becomes outdated is extremely important. Unfortunately, many people put their roof repair and replacement work off because it seems unnecessary, but they end up paying much more in the long run. If you are not that handy or prefer to use professional help for your roof maintenance, our team at Roofscapes NW can ensure you get the best service you need. Contact us to request an estimate or visit our office Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.