How To Prepare Your Roof for Chicago’s Frigid Winter

There are lots of things that people in the Chicagoland area do to prepare for winter. From buying new winter coats, boots and hats for the kids to stocking up on salt or ice-melt for your walkways, people begin their winter shopping as soon as the temperatures begin to chill. But one important step often goes overlooked: Preparing your roof for the winter weather.

If you have problems with your roof, it is best to address them before the cold winter temperatures and heavy snows make repairs undoable. Even a minor problem, such as a loose shingle, can present an expensive problem if ice is permitted for form underneath it. Furthermore, a roof that is need of attention can result in the formation of ice dams and can even succumb to a collapse under the weight of snow.

If you are aware of leaks around skylights or coming from your roof, it is imperative to the integrity of your home that you have them addressed by a skilled roofing company as soon as possible. In the meantime, the following steps can help you prepare your roof for the upcoming winter:

Step One: Inspect Your Roof

While it is possible to do a quick inspection on your own, roofing expert Christopher Jurin advises, “hiring a qualified roofing contractor is best to receive a complete check of the roof on your home or business and provide any necessary repairs.” Some things you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Loose, cracked or missing shingles
  • Loose, cracked or deteriorated flashing around chimneys, skylights and roof projections
  • Dents, holes or tears in your roof or gutters. If you suspect the damage may have been caused by a hailstorm, contact your homeowners insurance company as you may be able to receive compensation for the repairs.
  • Look for water stains on the ceilings of your attic, upper crawl space or upper floors. Check these areas again after it rains to see if they are indicators of a recent problem. If you detect a roof leak, contact a roofing contractor about having it repaired.

A qualified contractor can perform a very thorough and detailed roof inspection and can provide you with a written report of the findings.

Step Two: Clear Your Roof and Gutters of Leaves and Debris

Leaf accumulation on your roof can lead to the deterioration of shingles and clogged gutters can result in significant water problems inside and around your room. Nobody wants friends and neighbors to slip on their icy walkways.

Ensure that your roof and gutters are free of leaves and debris. Carefully clear your gutters and then use a hose to flush water through the system, ensuring that it is draining properly. Also, be sure to look out for particles accumulating in your gutters. This indicates that your shingles are beginning to deteriorate and that the need for a new roof is on the horizon.

Step Three: Insulate Your Attic

Especially if really needed, it can’t hurt to add a little insulation to your upper crawl spaces or attic. When heat is able to easily escape through your roof, it can cause snow to melt. This water will freeze again as it nears the edge of your roof and this frequently results in ice dams and the formation of dangerous icicles.

Contact Baltic Home Improvements for Your Roofing Needs

Whether you need to have repairs done or think that a new roof installation is necessary, if your roof or gutters need attention, you can contact the reliable contractors at Baltic Exteriors. Our award-winning team of professionals has been providing quality service to residents in the southwestern Chicago suburbs for more than a decade and we welcome the opportunity to handle your roofing job. Contact us today to learn more.