An image of a residential house covered in snow.

For most people, winter snowfall usually means lots of fun and excitement, but when it comes to your roof, that’s anything but the case. As a homeowner, if you’re not adequately prepared for what the cold winter brings, the snow, ice, and other elements can wreak havoc on your roof.

At Pro Restoration, we are fully dedicated to providing excellent roofing protection to our entire Machesney Park community. We want to help you stay educated on the possible hazards that wintertime brings so that your home can continue to be a safe shelter for you and your family.

This is why we’ve prepared a list of the biggest roofing issues you’re likely to encounter during these months. By being aware of what awaits, you can address all the issues on time and stay on top of them.

 

Condensation

Condensation is the process in which water vapor becomes liquid. It usually occurs when warm air is combined with a cold surface, such as your roof during wintertime. Therefore, if your attic is not adequately insulated, this will create an ideal environment for condensation to happen and cause mold, mildew, or moisture build-up that can all lead to more issues. 

Luckily, quality attic insulation is all it takes to prevent this from happening and keep your roof damage-free.

 

Wind Damage

All our homeowners should be on the lookout for gusts of particularly heavy winds in the unpredictable winter months. This is very important to keep in mind, as when their speed picks up, there’s no telling how much damage it could do to your roof. 

If you happen to notice parts of your shingles on the floor, call our team ASAP. The sooner you have one of our Machesney Park experts take a look at your roof, the better.

 

Leaky Flashing

While not every homeowner is necessarily familiar with flashing, it can’t be denied that it plays a huge role in the safety of your home. Flashings are those metal pieces around your roof that direct water away from the vulnerable parts of your roofing system, such as chimneys, skylights, roof valleys, and similar.

When not installed properly, they’ll break away from the roof and cause leaks, especially during snowstorms. This is why we encourage our homeowners to have their flashings checked twice a year to ensure that they are firmly secured.

 

Overhanging Tree Limbs

Having a home surrounded by trees means there’s a huge likelihood that wind will blow the branches onto your roof or windows and cause serious harm. This is even more likely to occur when you’re faced with unpredictable weather that winter can sometimes bring. 

Fortunately, you can easily deal with this issue by trimming the surrounding branches, thus protecting both your home and your family inside it.

 

Snow Build-Up

All of our fellow locals know just how much Machesney Park’s unpredictable weather and temperature variations can affect their homes, and snowfall is no exception. When snow builds up on top of a roof, it inevitably causes additional pressure on the structure and can become too heavy to hold. This, in turn, can cause an array of structural issues that can pose a big threat. And as if that isn’t enough to worry about, the melted snow can also create leaks that might lead to irreparable damage to your home.

Fortunately, you can avoid all this by raking the snow from your roof and having regular roof inspections that will keep your roof healthy.

 

Ice Dams

Ice dams start forming when the heat from the inside of your home rises through the attic, warms up the roof deck, and starts melting the snow on the roof. Unfortunately, it may be challenging to prevent ice dams from forming altogether, but there is something you can do to minimize them.

By investing in quality insulation and an adequate roof ventilation system, you will help prevent the roof from overheating and minimize the chances of dams forming in the first place.

 

Call Pro Restoration LLC for the Best Roofing Services

Now that you’re aware of the biggest winter threats to your roof, you’ll be able to get in touch with your trusted roofer the minute you notice anything suspicious. And who better to call than your best Machesney Park roofers at Pro Restoration LLC! We’d be more than happy to take a look at your roof and tell you exactly what type of job needs to be done. 

After all, a damaged roof could affect your home in a number of negative ways, and that’s exactly what we’ll work to prevent. Call Pro Restoration LLC today, and we’ll make sure your roof stays problem-free while providing you with top protection for a long time to come.