Blog Reasons Your Roof Can Leak This Winter January 5, 2023January 6, 2023Jeremy KelseyGutters Duluth and Culver, MN, along with other cities in Saint Louis County, are areas that get a lot of snow and ice in the winter, and your roof can take a beating. The combination of freezing temperatures and heavy precipitation can wreak havoc on your gutters, shingles and other roofing components. And if your roof isn’t in good condition, to begin with, it’s even more likely to develop leaks during the winter months. What Causes Your Roof to Leak in the Winter? There are a few reasons why your roof might leak during the winter. One of the most common is ice dams. Ice dams form when melting snow refreezes at the edge of your roof, creating a dam that prevents water from draining properly. This can cause water to back up under your shingles and into your home. Another common cause of winter roof leaks is wind damage. High winds can loosen or break shingles, allowing water to enter your home. And if you have any gaps or holes in your gutters, wind-driven rain can easily enter your home through those openings. Finally, heavy snowfall can also lead to roof leaks. The weight of the snow can cause shingles to crack or break and collapse weaker roofs altogether. Therefore, it’s important to inspect your roof to ensure it’s still in good condition. How to Fix a Leaky Roof If you do find yourself with a leaking roof this winter, there are a few things a professional can do to help you fix your roof: Remove any ice or debris that’s blocking your gutters so they can drain properly again. Use caulk or sealant to fill any cracks or gaps in your gutters, shingles or around vents and chimneys. Repair any larger areas of damage with new shingles or other materials as needed. If you have an attic, check for signs of leaks and repair them as soon as possible. How to Prevent Your Roof From Leaking in the Winter The best way to deal with a leaking roof is to prevent it from happening in the first place! Here are a few tips for preventing winter roof leaks: Inspect your gutters regularly and clean them out as needed. Trim trees near your house, so they don’t damage your roofs. Apply sealant around vents and chimneys. Replace missing or damaged shingles ASAP. Install Gutter Helmet® and Helmet Heat® to prevent ice dams from forming. By following these tips, you’ll help keep your roof In good condition all winter long! If you do find yourself with a leaky roof, Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota is here to help! We can install our patented Gutter Helmet Systems in homes in Culver, Duluth and surrounding cities in Northern Minnesota. We offer free estimates on all our services, so call us today at (866) 937-3508 to schedule an appointment.