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Common Winter Roof Repairs

Canadian winters are notoriously harsh, and as we approach the new year, you might be wondering how to plan for unexpected roof repairs. South Peak is happy to put together a list of common winter roof repairs for your consideration. Knowing the common winter roof issues, you can keep an eye out and budget accordingly, so you’re never caught off guard with a roofing emergency you cannot afford.

Regular Roof Inspection

Regularly taking the time to inspect your roof and the attic’s interior is standard advice. However, you can catch a problem early by regularly checking before it becomes a major repair. Here are a couple of things to look for when doing your inspection:

  • Cracks In Your Interior’s Plaster & Drywall
  • New Leaks Inside Your Home Coming From The Attic
  • Your Doors Are Harder To Open Than Usual
  • Your Ridgeline Has Sagging

Contact A Professional

All of these factors can indicate roofing issues caused by winter weather. The extreme weight of snow and ice on your roof causes cracks in your plaster and drywall.  Contact a professional to remove the extra snow and ice. If you are noticing new leaks within your home from the attic, you may need new attic insulation. When your doors are hard to open, it may be an indicator of ice damming. Finally, sagging on our roof’s ridgeline means it’s time to contact professional roofers for a significant repair.

Common Winter Roof Issues

Collapsed roofman shovelling collapsed roof

Below are the most common winter roof issues you’re likely to encounter when you’re a homeowner. Being prepared and knowing what to look for will help you save yourself from having to shell out for a pricey roof repair.


If you’re noticing lots of condensation in your home, especially on window panes, it’s likely because your roof isn’t correctly insulated, or your home doesn’t have proper ventilation. When you leave condensation unchecked and undealt with for long periods, it can cause mildew and mould. When you’re dealing with mildew and mould, it can compromise the structural integrity of your home. It’s better to get your insulation and ventilation checked early on.


As the weather gets chilly, animals often look for nice warm spaces to nest and burrow in for the winter. There’s a much higher chance that you’ll find an animal in your home during the winter. A sure sign that animals are in your home is if you find nests or animal homes. Usually, animals like to hide in the attic where they won’t be disturbed. Also, look for animal-related damage, such as chewed pieces of wood, holes in walls or ceilings, and animal waste.

Snow & Ice Build Up
ice build up on roofs

Especially in Alberta, we are no strangers to heavy snowfalls and sudden winter blizzards. The build-up of snow and ice on your roof, however, can be extremely detrimental. If you are noticing that doors in your house are hard to open, or you hear random creaks and popping noises along with new leaks, you need to get the snow removed off your roof. You should not attempt to do this yourself and should look for professional snow removal services.

Ice Damming

Ice damming is an extremely common winter roof issue that homeowners face. An ice dam happens when a ridge of ice forms on your roof, trapping melting snow on your roof. The water cannot escape and can cause leaks and damage your interior walls, ceilings, and furniture.

Typically ice dams are caused by inconsistent heat levels on the rooftop. A long-term solution is to make sure your roof is correctly insulated, so there are no hot spots. However, it is also helpful to make sure you’re clearing the snow off of your roof during the winter.

Exterior Storm Damage
fallen trees

With extreme winter storms, we are all familiar with the havoc that can be caused. Often tree branches, or entire trees, will fall off during these blizzards causing damage to powerlines and homes. To prevent damage to your roof, make sure to keep all the surrounding trees on your property well maintained. You should remove sickly trees before winter to avoid significant property damage. However, you should also keep tree branches trimmed back, so there is less chance to damage your home.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips

By keeping your roof maintained and making sure to identify possible problems early on, you can avoid having to deal with winter roof damage. We can leave you with four major tips, and it’s to pay attention to insulation, ventilation, installation, and inspections.

Insulation & Ventilation

Proper roof insulation and ventilation will help you avoid problems like ice damming and condensation in your home. Keeping adequate insulation can also discourage animals from entering your home, as there are no holes to enter from.

When you’re getting any roof work done, make sure the installation is done correctly! Find a reputable roofing company in your area to ensure your roof or shingles are being installed without corners being cut.

Inspect Often

Lastly, and we cannot say this enough times, make sure to do your inspections often and well. If you ignore the potential problems and repairs your roof needs, you put yourself in a situation where you’ll need significant repairs. You can either complete your inspection yourself or hire a roofing contractor to take a look for you!

Are you looking to get winter roof maintenance done or need someone to come inspect your roof? Contact South Peak Roofing today. We are experienced roofers servicing the Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat areas.