Nashville might not be the North Pole, but our winters can be demanding on our rooftops. Learn how to fortify your roof against winter's challenges. Trust Paragon Roofing to guide you through the process.
Winter in Nashville brings its own set of challenges. While it offers cozy indoor moments, our homes, particularly our roofs, need some TLC. Snowfall, ice storms, and sub-zero days might be infrequent but can be damaging. Here's how to fortify your roof against winter's surprises.
Understanding Winter's Impact:
A little snowfall might seem harmless, but when combined with Nashville's unpredictable winter weather, it can be a roof's worst enemy.
Snow Buildup: Snow might look picturesque, but when it accumulates, it becomes heavy and can lead to roof stress. As it melts and refreezes, it may seep into cracks or under shingles, causing leaks.
Ice Dams: These icy barriers form at the edge of roofs, preventing snowmelt from draining. As water backs up behind the dam, it can seep beneath the shingles, causing leaks or damaging the roof deck.
Critter Invasions: Colder months invite unwanted guests. Rodents and pests, seeking warmth, might find openings in your roof or attic.
How Paragon Roofing Preps for Winter:
Winter roofing challenges aren't new to us. We've tackled countless issues over the years, and our experience has forged a set of top-tier recommendations.
1. Seasonal Roof Checks: Before winter truly sets in, schedule an inspection. It's best to identify and fix vulnerabilities early.
2. Leak Barriers: Upgrade your roof installation by adding an extra layer of leak barriers. It's your best bet against ice dams.
3. Roof Maintenance: This isn't just about checking for missing shingles. It's about a comprehensive review, ensuring vents, flashings, and other elements are secure.
DIY Checks for Homeowners:
While we're always here to assist, homeowners can also take proactive steps:
Gutter Maintenance: A clogged gutter is a prime site for ice dam formation. Clean them out, ensuring water has a clear path away from your home.
Shingle Review: Even a few missing or damaged shingles can be an entry point for snowmelt. A visual check can alert you to potential issues.
Seal Potential Entry Points: Especially for those critters seeking refuge. A small gap or hole can be an open invitation.
Understanding the Threat of Ice Dams:
Ice dams aren't just icicles hanging from the eaves. They're indicators of a more significant problem. As snow melts, it moves down the roof. If the lower part of your roof is colder than the top, the water refreezes, forming an ice dam. This barrier prevents further snowmelt from escaping, leading to potential leaks.
Winterizing your roof is more than just a yearly task; it's an investment in your home's longevity and your peace of mind. As Nashville's trusted roofing experts, Paragon Roofing is here to ensure your winter is comfortable and leak-free. Stay warm, Nashville!