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How to Avoid a Leaking Roof in Winter

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How to Avoid a Leaking Roof in Winter

The last thing you want is a leaking roof in the winter, when it’s freezing outside and you don’t want that heat escaping. Snow buildup, as well as ice, can make for constant leaks. These leaks can lead to mold growth and water damage in other parts of your house which will result in even more costly repairs. Here are some early warning signs that something is wrong with your roof… many of them have quick and affordable fixes if they are caught early, but can be signs of a much bigger problem in the imminent future.

  1. Dripping water. This may seem obvious, but many people overlook small leaks that can result in thousands of dollars in damage. If there is mold, mildew, warped wood, or stained insulation inside your house near the roof, you might want to take a closer look.
  2. Ice dams. These water-trapping ice formations will soak through your shingles and saturate your roof structure if they go unchecked. They are caused by warmer temperatures on higher parts of the roof, and colder temperatures on lower parts. They are a common problem and there is no way to easily prevent them, so be vigilant.
  3. Icicles. Although they are pretty, they can also be deadly. If they fall on a pet or even on a person, they can cause injury. They are often a product of debris built up in gutters and can eventually cause leaks. Their weight can also cause roof and gutter damage.
  4. Condensation. This is a subtle warning sign, but experts will tell you it means you may have an improperly ventilated attic. If condensation is forming in your attic, your ventilation system probably needs attention. This system is often overlooked, and if it is not working properly, it will reduce your roof’s lifespan.

It is a good idea to check for these warning signs before the winter sets in. Inspect your attic, as well as your roof’s exterior, for issues. Make sure that if you are on the roof hanging decorations for the holidays, that you avoid stepping on any areas that look like they are cracking or warping.  If you think there might be a problem with your roof, don’t hesitate to have a professional take a look. And even with the weather getting colder, it’s not too late to get a new roof before winter. For a free estimate, call 630-790-0800 or contact us today.

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