Are you worried about frost on your roof? We all like to think our roofs are indestructible, keeping the weather at bay. However, our roofing systems can take a lot of knocks over the years, so it’s vital you book roof inspections regularly, and high-quality materials are used for any repairs. We often get asked questions about ice on roofs, but how can frost impact things like your tiles and guttering? Is frost even an issue? Here’s everything you need to know.
What Causes Frost on Roofs?
While you may feel concerned if you see frost on your roof, if you look around, it’s probably present on most other surfaces as well. Frosty conditions can be caused by a range of factors, with the most common being a dip in temperature. If temperatures get low enough, the water vapour present in the atmosphere turns to liquid and then freezes, causing a very thin layer of ice to form on surfaces outside.
Can Frost Damage Roofing?
A high-quality roof can withstand most types of weather. The good news is, frost isn’t the most extreme of elements your roof will deal with as the year unfolds, with ice, rain, wind and hail often causing more damage. However, this doesn’t mean it should be ignored. If your roof already has any signs of deterioration such as cracks, frost could cause further issues as water freezes and expands. That said, if your roof is in good condition, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Property owners should also be aware of frost damage to porous roof tiles, which occurs over time as this type of roofing material goes through multiple freeze-thaw cycles. Picking up on any deterioration early could save you time, stress and money, which is why regular roof maintenance is a must. In roofs where a high percentage of roof tiles have deteriorated beyond repair, it could be more cost-effective to replace your roof entirely.
Frost on Your Roof – Good or Bad?
It’s not a good sign if frost has made its way inside your roofing and loft area, indicating moisture is getting in through the external structure. This is something a roofer can help you with, quickly identifying the source of the issue. However, frost isn’t usually a sign anything is wrong with your roof – it’s just another weather condition to be aware of. In fact, some say a lack of frost on your roof could be a bad thing if similar neighbouring properties do have visible frost showing. If heat is escaping from inside, it could be melting the frost on your tiles, indicating your roof insulation isn’t up to scratch.
Speak to an Expert Roofer
If you’d like to book a roof inspection, speak to the team at South Thames Roofing. We cover a wide area of South London and Surrey, including roofing in Fulham, Purley and Kingswood. Call 0208 397 2900 for a free, no-obligation quote.