No matter where you live in the United States, the weather has an impact on your home and, more specifically, on your roof. The roof is meant to protect your home from the elements, after all. In winter, northern states have to contend with snow, but that doesn’t mean southern states are exempt from winter weather changes. Even as far south as Florida, there’s still a risk of frost.
But is frost on your roof something you should worry about? The short answer is no. In fact, it’s a lack of frost that you may need to worry about.
Is Frost Bad for Roofs?
Frost itself isn’t good or bad for your roof. Roofs are built to withstand a variety of different weather conditions. Frost is no exception. It’s how frost appears on your roof or how the frost on your roof differs from your neighbors’ houses that is the real indicator of whether there’s a problem with your roof or not. Seeing frost is actually a good sign because it means that you aren’t losing heat through the roof due to inadequate insulation.
Is No Frost a Bad Sign?
If all of your neighbors’ roofs have frost on them, but yours doesn’t, that could be a sign of issues with your insulation. If your home isn’t well-insulated, then a lot of heat could be escaping through the roof. The lack of frost when all of your neighbors’ roofs have it could be a sign of this. It’s important to rule out other possibilities, though. Depending on the positioning of your house, your roof may get sunlight that your neighbors’ roofs don’t, thereby melting the frost more quickly.
What Does It Mean if Frost Is Uneven?
Uneven frost on your roof is a sign of insulation issues that are allowing the heat to escape. If the frost has completely melted or if it’s melted evenly, it may be due to the sun. If it’s uneven, or melting in splotches, then it’s more likely to be caused by inadequate insulation. It’s a good idea to compare the roof above the garage to the roof above the rest of your house. The garage isn’t producing a lot of heat, so if it has frost but areas of the main part of your roof don’t, then it may be the insulation.
If the frost on your roof is melting, whether unevenly or not, it’s a good idea to get your attic space inspected so you know that the insulation is properly covering your entire roof and that you aren’t losing heat through the roof.
What Does Frost Inside the Attic Mean?
It’s possible for frost to develop not just on the surface of the roof but also in the attic below. This can happen if warmer air from the inside of the house rises into the attic. This air is filled with moisture, which can then form frost as it cools. The frost can cause water damage once it melts. Frost inside the attic can be a sign of poor insulation. It may also be a sign that your home is too humid, which can lead to mold and mildew growth elsewhere in your home.
Concerned About Your Insulation?
If the frost pattern on your roof or frost in your attic has you worried, then it’s time to call out a roof inspector to take a closer look. A roof inspection can identify necessary changes and any needed repair work. This might seem like a headache upfront but it can help to save your money in the long run caused by higher electric bills and water damage from moisture build-up in the attic.
Contact us for a professional roof inspection.