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In addition to drafty indoor spaces, slippery driveways and frozen pipes, another common issue that homeowners face during the winter months is a leaking roof. Understanding what causes winter roof leaks to happen can help you more effectively prevent these issues in the first place.

Gutter Helmet®  of Cookeville takes a look at the possible reasons why your roof might be leaking this winter.

Ice Dams

These are one of the primary culprits behind winter roof leaks. They occur when snow melts, travels down the roof slope and refreezes at the eaves. Thick layers of ice start to form along the roof edge. Eventually, water backs up and seeps through the shingles, paving the way for an attic leak. Removing ice dams is necessary to preserve the roof’s structural integrity. Preventing the problem altogether involves adding more attic insulation and ensuring adequate roof ventilation.

Damaged Shingles

Cracked or missing shingles can likewise result in winter roof leaks. Shingle damage could be caused by a severe storm that happened months ago involving high winds, hail or a falling tree branch that exposed the roof deck to water intrusion. A thorough inspection must be performed following a storm to check for damage. Before winter weather sets in, make sure the shingles and the other parts of the roof are secured and fastened in place.

Clogged Gutters

Dead leaves, twigs and other organic material inside your gutters can cause any standing water to freeze whenever outdoor temperatures drop below zero. The weight of the ice can be too much for the gutters, causing them to detach and pull away from the roof fascia. Like ice dams, clogged gutters can also cause water to back up and seep under your shingles, resulting in roof leaks.

At Gutter Helmet of Cookeville, our team of professionals can help install Gutter Helmet, the top gutter protection system in the United States today, along with our Helmet Heat® Ice Reduction System that will minimize ice and snow buildup inside your gutters. Learn more about these exceptional products by calling (866) 985-9982 or filling out our contact form. We serve homeowners in and around Cookeville, TN.

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