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Charlotte Roofing: Article About How Cold Weather Affects Roofs

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The roof is what protects your home from the various forces of Mother Nature, such as the cold rain, harsh snow, and frigid temperatures of the winter. In fact, almost any Charlotte roofing professional will likely tell you that in order to keep your home comfortable and safe, proper roof maintenance is crucial particularly during the cold season. Keep in mind, though, that if you choose to perform repairs during the cold season, you might want to leave this to the professionals since there are additional occupational and safety hazards to consider at this time.

Winters can be hard on your roof since the cold weather affects the roofing system in many ways. Not only can falling snow and ice damage the lower parts of your roof, but problematic icicles and ice dams can also occur, potentially leading to leaks that will cause problems inside your home. Also keep in mind that accumulated snow along the eaves of your roof can become quite heavy and put pressure on the roof's structural integrity, and narrow eaves can result in ice-covered walls and, consequently, deterioration.

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If you have a low-sloped roof, water can freeze in your gutters and create ice dams, which cause ponding and an increased risk of a leak, mold, rotting, or collapse. Other winter problems, damage, and risks include serious injuries from falls, snow-blocked plumbing vents, skylight leaks, and cracked or broken shingles on older roofs that are walked on when cold.

To avoid some of these problems, you can start making changes to the design of your roofing system as soon as you see damage or complications. For instance, to help snow and water naturally slide off the roof, consider altering the slope of the roof. If you notice a problem with rain drainage during the summer, reinstall or alter the flashing and gutters to increase the flow of water. While many of these changes are relatively easy to perform, a roofing contractor can give you a second opinion to make sure you're on the right track and assist you with the repairs if needed.

It's also important for all homeowners to make sure that their roofing materials are right for the climate in which they live. While many types of roofs can accommodate most climates with certain reinforcements or treatments, extreme cold or extreme heat can have a critical impact on the structural integrity and insulation of your home's roofing system.

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