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  • Writer's pictureStephany Israeli Adara

Winter Roof Woes: Navigating Emergency Repairs to Safeguard Your Home


HRM Crew repairing a roof

Winter weather here in Wisconsin can be unforgiving, and neglecting roof issues during this season can result in more significant problems down the line. From leaks and structural stress to potential water damage, addressing emergency roof repairs promptly is crucial to safeguarding your home and maintaining its integrity.


Identifying Winter Roof Damage:

  • Leaks and Water Stains: Keep an eye out for water stains on ceilings and walls, as these can indicate leaks. Inspect your attic for any signs of water, as winter storms may expose vulnerabilities in your roof.

  • Missing or Damaged Shingles: High winds and heavy snow can loosen or damage shingles. Look closely at your roof to identify any missing or visibly damaged shingles.

  • Ice Dams: Ice dams are a common winter woe. These occur when melted snow refreezes at the edge of the roof, creating a barrier that prevents proper drainage. Ice dams can lead to water backup and roof damage.

  • Sagging or Bowed Rooflines: Excessive snow accumulation can cause your roof to sag or bow. If you notice any unusual dips or curves in your roofline, it's a sign of structural stress that requires immediate attention.


Steps for Emergency Roof Repairs:

  1. Safety First: Prioritize safety when addressing roof repairs. Avoid climbing onto the roof in icy conditions. Call HRM to inspect your roof and to handle winter repairs safely.

  2. Temporary Fixes: In case of leaks or immediate threats, use temporary fixes such as tarping to prevent further water damage. Place buckets or containers under leaks to collect water and minimize interior damage.

  3. Professional Assessment: Contact HRM for a thorough assessment. Winter weather can make it challenging to identify all issues, and our professional inspection will help uncover hidden problems.

  4. Ice Dam Removal: If ice dams are present, hire professionals to safely remove them. Attempting to remove ice dams without proper equipment can cause injury and further damage.

  5. Addressing Shingle Damage: Replace missing or damaged shingles promptly. Winter conditions can worsen existing damage, so timely repairs are essential to prevent further issues.

  6. Structural Repairs: For sagging or bowed rooflines, consult with a structural engineer or roofing professional. HRM offers a variety of roofing solutions to address structural issues. Timely intervention can prevent more severe structural problems.


Emergency roof repairs in winter are not just about maintaining the aesthetics of your home; they are crucial for ensuring the safety and longevity of your property. By understanding the urgency of addressing winter roof issues, identifying potential damages, and taking prompt action, homeowners can navigate the challenges of the season and emerge with a secure and resilient roof.

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