4 Common Winter Roof Issues

This winter hasn’t been your typical winter. No huge blizzards or ice storms to speak of, minimal snow accumulation and temperatures that haven’t been particularly bone-chilling. Even though winter is winding down, don’t let mild temperatures deceive you; there is always a chance for a snow or ice storm to wreak havoc on the area.

That’s why it’s important to be prepared for how it will affect you and your property. If you are a home or business owner, you have to be prepared to clear all walkways and take the necessary steps to keep all family, friends, neighbors and employees safe from potential hazards.

At Union Roofing, we are the leading residential and commercial roofing company in the Philadelphia region. We strive to provide quality work for our clients and educate them about their roofs.

Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security just yet with the milder weather; we aren’t out of the woods. Depending on the temperatures, the winter weather can still cause issues for your property. Here are a few problems you need to look out for when the cold returns:

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be detrimental to your roofing system. They are formed when heat rises to the top of your home and warms the underside of your roof and melts snow. The water will make its way to a slope on your roof and refreeze on an overhang, giving no place for the rest of the runoff to drain. Proper insulation and ventilation are needed to avoid this issue.


Ice dams, along with attic frost and exhaust vent condensation, can cause leaks. If you notice a leak, it’s important to call us immediately to prevent further damage to your home and your belongings.

Heavy Snow

Heavy amounts of snow on your roof can cause issues like leaks, sagging tiles and boards, popping and cracking noises, cracks in walls or masonry and issues with doors and windows that can no longer be opened and closed.


Icicles can form when melting snow runs down your roof and freezes at the edge. Icicles can damage your gutters and cause injuries to people if they fall.

If you wish to learn more about our roofing contractors and the services we offer for home and business owners in the Philadelphia and Cape May, NJ region, we encourage you to call 215-550-1014 or fill out a contact form on our website. No matter what service you require, we are here for all of your roofing needs.


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