If you are awakened by unusual creaking and popping sounds from your roof on cold night, you are not alone. During the cold winter it is normal for homes to do this, it is just basic physics. The reason why these creaking and popping sounds are so loud can also be explained by physics. The cold dense air and the lack of activity in the night allows sound to travel farther and sound louder than it would during the day.
Here are two reasons that explain why your house makes creaking noises in cold winter nights.
1. Expansion and contraction of the building materials
According to physics, when matter is heated it expands and contracts when cooled. When the temperatures are low, the exposed building materials will rapidly shrink causing the noises as they rub against one another. Wood is porous and it will give moisture to the surrounding dry winter air hence accentuating their contracting and shrinking. Nails holding down the wood can contract and slip off the wood making a loud pinging sound. As the wood contracts and shrinks it rubs against one another causing the creaking sound.
2. Water pipes expanding and contraction
When it is cold, water pipes will contract. When hot water passes through them, they will rapidly expand and these movements could cause the noises you hear in the basement. Water in the pipes will freeze in the cold weather. When water freezes it expands instead of contracting. When water expands in the contracting pipes it causes pressure that could lead to bursting pipes. When the pipes burst you will hear a loud popping sound.
Creaking sound in cold winter nights are nothing to be worried about. However, if the movements of the building materials cause damage to your roof, contact the roof repair experts at Premiere Roofing for unparalleled service.
The holiday season is fast approaching and you ought to be ready with some classic holiday decoration plans. If you are considering making some roof decorations for the first time this season, it’s important to learn of the following few tips on how to do it safely.
1. Draw up a plan
You need to have a plan before you start decorating your roof, particularly if you are doing it for the first time. There are so many decoration options available to choose from including clear and colored lights, shaped lights, twinkling lights, inflatables, dolls, and more. Search for classic decorations and determine if they would work well on your roof or not.
2. Install your decorations with caution
Working on the roof is a risky endeavor that requires you to proceed with caution. Get proper gear such as a ladder and safety harness to protect yourself when hanging your decorations. Also ensure that your decoration lights are not tangled or twisted before climbing up the roof. Tangled wires can pose a safety risk to you if they get caught in cracks and crevices. It’s also advisable that you always have help on the job.
3. Don’t hang your decorative lights on the shingles
This is a common mistake that many homeowners make. Do not make holes on your shingles in order to hang lights as this may let moisture and other elements in. Instead, consider using clips to hang your lights from the gutters.
4. Get your roof decorations down carefully
When the holiday season is over, some people tend to be in a rush to pull down their roof decorations and hence end up damaging their roof shingles or gutters. Instead of doing this, take your time to get the decorations down carefully and patiently.
For more information on how to decorate your roof safely, contact us with any questions at Premiere Roofing Columbia and we will be happy to help.