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Get Your Roof Ready for Winter: Maintenance & Repairs in WI

Winter roof repairs WIDon’t let Wisconsin’s harsh winter weather ruin your home or business. In fact, many people don’t realize winter is actually a great time for roof repair and replacement. Trust the Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin experts at Alois Roofing for fast, reliable work – even during the coldest months of the year. Call now for a free estimate!

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Replace Your Roof in Winter

Replacing or repairing a roof during winter in Wisconsin actually comes with a number of benefits. 

  • Faster installation: Many of our customers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and across southeastern Wisconsin prefer replacing/repairing their roofs during warmer months. As a result, we are able to pay more attention to individual projects during the slower winter season.
  • Energy savings: A new roof installed during winter improves your home or business’s energy efficiency, preventing heat from escaping out through your old, leaky roof and saving you money.

Winter Roofing Materials

Some roofing materials are built to better withstand the rigors of Wisconsin’s winter weather. From Milwaukee to Kenosha, we carry the best materials so your home or business remains protected against the snow and cold.

Roofing MaterialKey Characteristics
Asphalt Shingles Popular, withstands cold temps and heavy snow
Metal Roofing Durable, sheds snow and ice easily
Slate Roofing High-end, durable, resists water and extreme temps

Winter Roof Maintenance 

Winter weather is harsh on your roof – damage is easily caused and reduces the roof’s lifespan. It’s essential to maintain your roof during the winter season, and we’re here to do it for you. Our southeastern Wisconsin team of professionals inspects roofs for signs of damage and to identify potential issues during the winter season. Our maintenance services include:

  • Clearing roof debris
  • Checking for leaks and cracks
  • Ensuring proper insulation
  • Ice and snow removal

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

Ice dams form on Wisconsin roofs when snow melts and refreezes. The resulting dam prevents water from dropping off the roof, forcing the trapped water beneath the shingles. Your roof can suffer significant harm from ice dams, resulting in leaks and water damage. Seek help from the professionals at Alois Roofing, southeast Wisconsin’s trusted ice dam prevention providers.

Emergency Winter Roof Repair

Winter weather wreaks havoc on your roof – heavy snow, ice dams and freezing temperatures cause serious damage across the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin. If you experience roof damage during the winter months, don’t hesitate to call on Alois Roofing for emergency repair services. There are a number of issues to contend with during winter:

  • Leaks: Snowmelt enters your home and causes damage to walls, ceilings and floors and may lead to mold growth.
  • Ice Dams: Ice dams prevent melting snow from draining off the roof. Instead, the water is forced under the shingles.
  • Structural damage: If minor damage isn’t repaired, the weight of snow and ice can exacerbate the problem and further damage the roof.
  • Energy Loss: Damaged roofs allow warm air from inside to escape through gaps or holes. The energy loss causes heating bills to rise.

How to Maximize Winter Roof Repair

  1. To ensure your roofing project is carried out to satisfaction, it’s important to clearly communicate your needs. Provide a detailed description of your expectations and budget considerations.
  2. It’s important to verify a roofing company is licensed, insured and has a reputable track record. You can request references and evaluate each one.
  3. Choose a roofing company with experience in winter projects – those companies will have the necessary skills and knowledge to take on the specific challenges of working in cold Wisconsin weather.

5 Winter Roofing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to repair a roof in winter?

Yes – ignoring roof damage during winter risks potential safety hazards, leaks, structural damage and energy loss, among other problems.

What should home or business owners do if there’s a roof leak during winter?

Address the issue as soon as possible by contacting a roof repair service. If the leak is severe, place a container underneath the leak and place a tarp to cover the damaged area (as long as it is safe to do so).

How can homeowners prevent winter roof damage?

Some simple ways to prevent winter roof damage is to keep gutters clean and removing excess snow and ice buildup. Another effective method is to ensure the attic is properly insulated – still, there is no substitute for having a roof inspected by qualified professionals.

Can roofs be completely replaced during the winter in Wisconsin?

Yes. Roofs can be replaced during winter in Wisconsin – as long as the temperatures aren’t low enough to endanger workers. Some roofing materials like asphalt shingles and metal roofing are better suited for a winter installation.

What are common problems with winter roofing?

Common problems include:

  • Ice dams
  • Damaged shingles
  • Structural damage caused by snow and ice accumulation

How to Keep Your Roof in Top Shape During the Winter Months

Inspect Your Roof Before Winter

Before winter arrives, it's important to inspect your roof thoroughly. This inspection will help you identify any potential problems or damage that could cause issues during the winter months. Look for any signs of wear and tear, including missing or cracked shingles, loose flashing, and damaged gutters.

Clear Your Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and seep into your roof, leading to water damage and leaks. Therefore, it's important to clear your gutters and downspouts of any debris or leaves before the winter months arrive.

Trim Your Trees

Trees that are in close proximity to your home can cause damage to your roof during the winter months. Heavy snow or ice can cause branches to break and fall onto your roof, damaging shingles and causing leaks. Therefore, it's essential to trim any trees that are near your home to prevent any potential damage.

Check Your Attic Insulation

Proper attic insulation is essential for maintaining a warm and dry home during the winter months. Insufficient insulation can cause heat to escape from your home, which can lead to ice dams and roof leaks. Therefore, it's important to check your attic insulation before the winter months arrive and ensure that it's adequate.

Fix Any Leaks Promptly

If you notice any leaks or signs of water damage on your roof, it's essential to address them promptly. Ignoring leaks can lead to severe damage to your roof and home. Therefore, it's crucial to fix any leaks as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Hire a Professional Roofing Contractor

If you're not comfortable inspecting your roof or making repairs yourself, it's essential to hire a professional roofing contractor. A professional contractor has the knowledge, expertise, and tools to ensure that your roof remains in top shape during the winter months.

Service Areas

We conduct winter roof work across southeastern Wisconsin, including:

Milwaukee Madison Racine Fond du Lac Janesville West Bend Kenosha West Allis Sheboygan Oak Creek Franklin Wauwatosa Men. Falls Waukesha Delafield Mequon Pewaukee Mukwonago Brookfield Glendale Hartland New Berlin Muskego Greenfield Whitefish Bay Oconomowoc Sussex Shorewood Germantown Burlington Richfield
Contact us today for a free quote on winter roof repairs throughout S.E. WI.