For residents of Chicago, the freezing temperatures that winters bring are nothing new; the “Windy City,” after all, is known to be one of the cities in the US that typically experiences the coldest average temperatures and some of the heaviest snowfalls during the season. The news of late has not been much more encouraging; even colder temperatures and heavier snowfall seem to be in the offing this year.
With the winter in full swing, A+ Roofing, the premier contractor for roofing in Chicago IL, checks in with homeowners to ask: Is the roof over your head ready to take on whatever Mother Nature has to offer? If you aren’t 100% prepared for the cold season, then it’s time you get your roof inspected. Get it done before Old Man Winter really settles in because, well, who wants to have roofing problems in the middle of a snowstorm?
As you have your roof inspected, be ready to make a timely decision to get your roof work done. Here are some points that can help you better determine if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced:
Have you had harsh weather lately?
If your residential roofing in Chicago IL has been exposed to particularly heavy weather conditions lately—whether it’s been exposure to the hot sun, torrential rains, or high winds, then it’s time to contact a trustworthy roofer like A+ Roofing to get any issues fixed right away. Adverse weather conditions, like heavy rains, for instance, can do significant damage to your gutters, while packed snow—which can weigh a lot—can put great stress on your roof. On the other hand, hot weather conditions can dry up your roof, while humidity can lead to pockets of moisture and the growth of moss and mold spores.
Are there cracked and/or missing shingles?
Cracked and/or missing shingles will lead to leaks inside your home. So if you want your winter to be leak-free, get any damaged shingles replaced ASAP.
Are there leaks inside your home?
If you see any water marks or visible signs of water damage inside your home, including the attic, the best thing to do is to call in a professional roofer like A+ Roofing to get the leaks fixed immediately. Don’t wait for things to get worse before you take action.
How are the roof flashings?
The flashing is an important aspect of your roofing system as it connects, covers, and protects gaps and small openings in between the roofing and chimneys, skylights, protruding windows, and many other areas of your home.
Is your gutter system clean and intact?
After the fall, leaves, twigs, and other debris can clog up your gutter and this can certainly cause lots of problems for you. Remove all that clutter from your gutter.
Are there overhanging branches from the nearest tree?
After cleaning the gutter, it’s best you make sure that no leaves and other debris can fill up your gutter again. That’s why you have to trim the trees around your home. Keep in mind that snowfall can easily bring the down branches—weighed down by the heavy snows, trees and tree limbs can easily break and come crashing down.
If you need any help with your roofing, feel free to call us at A+ Roofing, and we’ll get your roof problems fixed in no time. You can browse through our website or give us a call to learn more about our products and services.