Hail on the roof after hailstorm

4 Most Common Winter Roofing Concerns

The winter can be a brutal time for your roof, especially here in Indiana. Sitting out there withstanding the elements for the entire winter can leave even a roof even in the most pristine condition entering November looking worse for wear once things thaw out In March.

Because of the toll winter can take on your roof, it is important for homeowners to know exactly what their roof is up against and how to identify significant roofing concerns when they occur. These four winter hazards are some of the biggest problems your roof may encounter during the winter.


These treacherous falling lumps of ice can be particularly devastating to your home’s roof. The force with which they fall can easily knock shingles loose, weaken their condition, or even just punch right through them and damage your roof itself.

Missing or damaged shingles aren’t just an eyesore, they can have serious long-term repercussions by leaving your roof more vulnerable to water damage and leaks in the rainy months that follow winter. A good rule to consider when it comes to hail is that if hail did damage to your car, it is very likely it damaged your roof too.

Icicles and Ice Dams

Icicles may be pretty to look at when they sparkle in the sun, but they can leave your roof looking not so nice. As icicles form as a result of snow melting and freezing once again, they put quite a bit of weight and strain on your gutters and edges of your roof. This can cause bending and damage to your gutters and edge shingles.

Similarly, ice dams form when warmer sections of your roof melt snow and ice only for it to refreeze at a lower, less ventilated or insulated section. These dams can collect pools of water as the winter goes on that can go on to cause water damage to your roof and shingles or even seep into your home through cracks and leaks.

Heavy Snowfall

While Indiana may not see the volume of snow that other parts of the country see, heavy snowfall can still a major concern for homeowners. Sustained snowfall may not in itself cause your roof to cave in or anything like that. However, the tremendous weight it can put on your roof may compound pre-existing issues and roof vulnerabilities.

Poorly installed or loose shingles can buckle and break. Weak or vulnerable sections of roofs can be worsened causing cracks or leaks. On top of that, the amount of water produced from snow melting can cause water damage and leak through into your home through any cracks.


For roofs and attic spaces that are not properly insulated and ventilated, condensation can be a real issue during the winter. When the warm air inside your home makes contact with the cold inner surface of your roof, condensation can form if the area isn’t properly ventilated and insulated.

This can lead to mold and mildew forming in your attic that can attribute to the forming of ice dams, weakening the condition of your roof leading to damage or shortening its lifespan.

It may not be easy, or safe, for you to evaluate your roof’s condition by yourself, which is why you should leave it in the hands of the pros. Lathrop Contracting has served Indianapolis homeowners for years, giving us a wealth of knowledge and experience knowing exactly the toll winter can take on your roof, what to look for, and how to take care of it.

Whether your roof is in need of a careful inspection, minor repair, or a complete replacement after a tough winter, you can rely on Lathrop to get the job done right. Call (317) 783-6929 to schedule your free roofing estimate today.