3 Winter Roof Threats and How to Prevent Them

3 Winter Roof Threats and How to Prevent Them

The cold season may evoke images of hot drinks in front of the fire, but it also comes with a unique set of challenges that homeowners will need to face. To keep your home and roofing safe and intact, you’ll want to take steps that help protect them against winter threats. MHI Roofing, the premier residential and commercial roofing company in the area, discusses these common winter problems and how to deal with them effectively.

3 Winter Roof Threats and How to Prevent Them


  1. Ice Damming. Most homeowners are already familiar with this particular winter threat. Ice dams occur when snow and ice on your roof melts and refreezes along the eaves and gutters. The additional weight this accumulation creates can cause serious damage to your roof and gutters, while leaving them more susceptible to leaks. 

    What to Do. To prevent ice dams, you’ll need to stop snow and ice from melting on top of your roof. This means ensuring the attic maintains proper ventilation. When there’s smooth and efficient airflow in this space, there’s less chance of heat and moisture building up and melting the snow on your roof–which means no ice damming. Have trusted residential roofers like MHI Roofing check your attic regularly to see if it has sufficient ventilation.

  1. Roof Leaks. Windstorms become more common in winter, loosening shingles and sometimes tearing them off completely. This creates openings that make it easy for water to infiltrate your roof and home. The good news is that this winter roofing problem is simple enough to prevent.

    What to Do. Call a reliable roofing company like MHI Roofing for a comprehensive roof inspection before winter arrives. We’ll catch any existing issues and deal with them promptly to ensure your roof remains in good shape throughout the season.

  1. Shingle Damage. We’ve mentioned how high wind speeds can cause damage to your roof during winter. Sometimes, however, these winds are strong enough to carry large debris, or snap off branches from nearby trees, and crash them against your system. This not only creates holes, cracks, and dents on the roof but knocks the protective granules from the shingles, as well.

    What to Do. If there are trees near your roof, have a professional trim back any dead or overhanging branches. This prevents strong winds from breaking and slamming them against your roofing system.

Aside from roofing replacement, MHI Roofing can also handle your roof repair and maintenance needs. With our top-tier solutions, we’ll keep your roofing system in top form all through winter. Call us today at (412) 831-9991 or fill out this contact form to schedule your inspection. We proudly serve McDonald, PA and some areas in West Virginia and Ohio.