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Low Pitched Roofs in the Winter Months: Precautions to take from November to March

The months from November to March can cause all sorts of issues when it comes to even the very best roofing. When you’ve got a low pitch roof, any of the problems that Old Man Winter brings can be compounded regardless of the quality of work done by the roofing contractors initially. Here’s a few of the common areas your Newmarket roofing experts recommend you keep an eye on.

First off, you need to remember that finding the path water takes on a low slope roof is often more difficult than those with bigger pitches. Still, one of the points where water enters is around the flashing that’s installed around chimneys and such. Remember that ponding water that freezes around the flashing could be a sign of a sagging deck that needs to be repaired. If there’s no visible ponding, you should still take a moment to check the caulking around the base for cracks or flaking that could allow water in. Remember that metal flashings could need re-anchoring to head off any potential issues.

Ice dams are another enemy of the homeowner with low pitch roofing. Snow can melt and then the water can refreeze at the overhang of the roof where the temperature is cooler. Water can then back up and actually seep into the interior under roofing materials. These should be removed wherever possible to prevent interior damage and ruined gutters and eaves.

Finally, local roofing contractors also recommend that you don’t attach Christmas lights directly to any roof as this could cause damage when they are removed that might not become evident until the spring.

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