Can Frost Affect Your Roof?
When the temperatures dip and things start to get a little chilly, all you want to do is bundle up and stay inside for as long as humanly possible. While your cup of coffee or tea and a cozy blanket might be calling your name, it’s important to step outside long enough during those blistering cold winter days to check out what’s happening on your roof. We mean checking for frost. Or, the lack thereof.
First and foremost, it’s always important to see if anything about your roof seems amiss. Even though we don’t have to worry about snow piling up in the South, wind and frost can rip up your roofing, or cause inconvenient and annoying leaks. You don’t have to climb up there to check it out, but we recommend taking a good look at your roof often and identifying if there are any areas that look like they might be missing shingles or showing any curled, cracked or torn tiles.
This also means scoping out the inside of your home or commercial space (where you can!) to see if there are any leaks or problem areas in your ceiling. This can seem silly, but it can truly help you to spot some glaring issues that might not be easy to see from the outside. The quicker these issues are solved, the better off you are.
After you’ve given your roof a good look for any physical issues, determine if you can see any frost. Does frost exist above your garage, and nowhere else? Is frost on your roof, but not on any of your neighbor’s roof? Is there no frost to be found despite frigid temps? Let’s break down what this can mean.
If there’s frost only above one area of your home, but not on another, this is evidence that you may have some heating issues. Generally, your attic area should be about the same temperature as it is outside—meaning frost or snow would stay put on your roof unless it’s melted by the sun’s UV rays. If there’s no frost on your residential or commercial roof, then this shows that heat is escaping your home and going up through the ceiling and through the roof. This means that not only are you heating your house, but you’re also heating the great outdoors!
If you see frost in certain areas but not others, this could show that there is a problem with your roof or insulation on a certain portion of your house. If there’s frost all across your roof, then you should be good to go and it should melt naturally and without causing any issues—but always make sure to keep an eye out for any potential chips and tears that may come from inclimate weather. And if you see frost on your house but not your neighbor’s, then congratulations! You probably have a much lower utility bill than them.
Frost on your roof can mean a lot of things, but hopefully this blog has helped you break the ice with any of your frost-related questions. If you have any additional issues, don’t hesitate to give Alliance Roofing a call to get a professional opinion on any potential problems.