Reclaiming Winter: Is A New Roof On Your Christmas List?

Holidays aside, winter is not always looked upon quite as favorably as the other seasons.

Cold, damp, and altogether uncomfortable, both our bodies and our homes are liable to bear the brunt of the most blustery months of the year.

Thus, it’s only natural to wonder: With winter upon us, what should Floridians consider when it comes to their roofs?

Awakening to the Realities of Winter Weather

As if shoveling and driving through the snow weren’t bad enough, the last thing you want is to have to scrape it down from the top of your roof, lest your home fall victim to the sinister season.

Most commonly, residential and commercial roofs alike may be subject to winter damage when…

  • Heavy snow places too much weight on the topmost layers of the roof
  • Melting snows causes a roof leak
  • Icicles form and damage the roof as they fall
  • Gutters and drains freeze over

Additionally, ice dams — which occur after overnight temperatures have dropped, resulting in a heavy buildup of snow along the roof that continually melts and refreezes each day — can cause structural damage to one’s roof.

“After several days of melting-freezing cycles, it’s common for the melted water and ice to work up under the shingles until water enters the attic and eventually does damage to the ceilings, wall, and contents,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains.

How Winter Paves the Road to Roof Replacement

If you’re looking at the aforementioned information and thinking, “Okay, but I live in Florida. I don’t have to deal with any of that,” you’d be (thankfully) right.

While local residents may still become vulnerable to wind damage during these months, Floridians are generally less likely to experience winter roof damage in comparison to other states.

In fact, the dry season of Florida (primarily taking place during winter) is considered rather temperate, “with the average low temperatures in the mild to cold 40°F to 60°F zone and the average high temperatures in the warm 65°F to 75°F range across different areas of the state.”

As a result, the winter season is the ideal time of year to replace your old or damaged roof, as you’re less likely to be obstructed by storms, cold weather, or other such natural conditions and challenges.

The Difference Isn’t Just Cool — It’s Universal

No matter the time of year, your roof may ultimately fall victim to untimely disasters and emergencies.

The good news? Universal Roof & Contracting will always be there to keep your forever roof in optimal condition. Not only do we repair and replace both residential and commercial roofs, but we also offer the nation’s leading warranty in addition to FREE inspections!

So, are you ready to keep your forever roof protected for years to come?

To get started, contact Universal Roof & Contractors today! We pride ourselves in being a leading contractor in both Central Florida and Jacksonville, and we can’t wait to show you how the difference is Universal.