Cold Weather Home Hazards to Watch Out For This Winter


Freezing temperatures can quickly wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Heavy snowfall, biting winds, and ice storms can all add up to a significant amount of damage to your home if you are not careful. Repairs can be incredibly costly so prevention is by far your best bet. Read on for tips about the most common cold weather hazards to your home’s exterior and learn what you can do to avoid them.

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Winter can create many home hazards.

Cold Weather Home Hazards to Watch Out For This Winter

Roof leaks

Your roof takes quite a beating in the winter when it is subjected to hail, ice, wind, and sleet. If there are any leaks in your roof, water will quickly penetrate and can rot your roof’s support beams and ruin your home’s attic insulation. This is why it’s so important to have your roof replaced if you believe there may be any issues.

Ice dams

Ice dams are a common occurrence during the winter in homes whose ventilation and insulation is not properly balanced. When they form, they can damage your roof’s shingles, wreak havoc on your gutters, cause mold, and create a number of other problems. While ice dams are not an uncommon occurrence in the winter, if you have a recurring problem with ice dams, you’ll need to get the problem remedied before they cause expensive roof leaks.

Clogged gutters

If snow is allowed to accumulate in your gutters, it can freeze and lead to ice dams. When this occurs, the snow cannot melt and travel through the downspout into your yard below. Instead, the accumulated water can seep into your siding, attic, or even your home’s interior. When temperatures dip below freezing, keep an eye on your downspouts. If you haven’t noticed water coming out of your downspout recently, check to be sure that there is no ice in your gutters..

Got roofing questions? Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has answers.

To learn more about keeping your roofing damage-free during the winter, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing roofs in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.


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