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Who doesn’t love spring? As the birds start chirping, the trees sprout fresh leaves, and the world looks brighter, you’re probably gearing up for a good spring-cleaning session — and you might just want to relax on your patio with a homemade iced tea afterward.

Whether you look up at your roof while you enjoy some much-needed R&R or you’re busy rummaging through the attic, don’t be surprised if you discover something that dampens the enthusiasm of the season a little.

Winter may be over, but as the ice thaws and the temperatures rise, your roof may hit some “growing pains.” Don’t panic quite yet, though, because the most common spring roofing issues are easier to tackle than you might think.

Spring Roof Issue #1: Missing, Warped, or Curled Shingles

Have you chosen beautiful asphalt shingles for your Illinois home? No season is free from heavy winds, the most common cause of missing or torn shingles, but there’s another spring roofing issue many homeowners don’t see coming.

As snow and ice thaw and temperatures rise, your shingle roof is subject to sudden changes that can cause the asphalt to warp, bend, or curl — especially around the edges, where your roof meets your gutters.

Ouch. What Now?

Warped and curled shingles can be just as bad as missing sections, and this spring roofing problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible. If you don’t get this issue fixed, these damaged shingles, which can no longer do their job properly, can cause leaks and rot your roof deck. What’s more, your home will be less energy efficient.

Warped, curled, or otherwise damaged shingles need replacing. If you know how to do it yourself (and you’re confident in your skills), go ahead and do it. If not, we’re here to help.

Can This Be Prevented?

High-quality architectural or luxury shingles are much less vulnerable to warping. Consider that if you have an aging roof and a roof replacement is in your not-too-distant future. Beyond that, proper attic ventilation really helps. Soffit and ridge vents are amazing, but if you don’t have them, opening the windows is another simple but effective solution.

Spring Roof Issue #2: Trapped Moisture from Ice Dams

You could say spring is a real ice-breaker! Unfortunately, early spring doesn’t politely wave winter goodbye to make way for greener and brighter days. As temperatures fluctuate, it isn’t uncommon for snow to melt and refreeze along your roof’s edges, causing a phenomenon every roofer dreads — ice dams.

Just like actual dams, they prevent water from escaping, but that’s not a good thing in this case. When water backs up underneath your shingles and moisture gets trapped, mold, rot, water damage, and even structural damage aren’t far behind if you don’t take action.

Ouch. What Now?

So, you live in an area of Illinois where ice dams are common? Keep an eye on your roof and use heated cables or an ice rake to bust them. If it’s an emergency, it’s still cold, and water is seeping into your attic, a simple fan can cool the area down enough to stop leaks temporarily.

Not the DIY type? No problem. Professional ice dam removal services exist to help you out!

Can This Be Prevented?

You bet! Proper attic insulation keeps the temperatures on your roof predictable, stopping snow from melting and refreezing all the time. Ice-proof underlayment is another great option. Looking for a simpler solution? Even keeping your gutters clean and debris-free during this awkward transitional season can be of great help.

Spring Roof Issue #3: Clogged Gutters

Debris (like twigs, leaves, dirt, and even shingle granules) can accumulate in your gutters year-round, but if spring showers collide with all that “gunk,” it can spell big trouble. Water that can’t drain backs up onto your roof, potentially causing massive headaches.

Ouch. What Now?

Clean your gutters! Don’t worry. There’s no need to climb up on your roof and risk injury. A garden hose or wet/dry vacuum gets the job done, and you can even get gutter-cleaning robots these days. If you know and love the Roomba, you might appreciate its roof-saving cousin, too. Of course, plenty of pros are available to clean your gutters, too.

Can This Be Prevented?

Easily. Just add “cleaning your gutters” to your spring-cleaning to-do list, and you’ll save yourself a world of spring roofing pain.

Spring Roof Issue #4: Damaged Flashing

In case you didn’t know, flashing is the material that protects your roof around its weakest spots, like chimneys and skylights. As snow melts and spring showers start, it can sometimes come loose or bend out of shape. If you don’t fix it, damaged flashing can cause leaks and serious damage.

Ouch. What Now?

Take a look at your flashing to see if you can spot damage — and if you don’t know how, consider scheduling your annual roof inspection during spring. If flashing is simply loose, some roofing caulk can whip it back into shape, but in more severe cases of damage, it may have to be replaced.

Can This Be Prevented?

Yes and no. Properly installed flashing is hardier, so only working with reputable roofers definitely helps — but there’s no cure for bad weather. The good news? As long as you take timely action, the fix is usually easy.

Spring Roof Issue #5: Moss and Algae Growth

You’ll fall on one of two sides of this roofing problem in spring — some folks think a little moss on the roof looks charming, while others hate the look of it. Either way, the moss and algae that can appear on your roof in spring, as temperature rise, can render your roof perpetually moist, fast-tracking your shingles to the end of their useful lifespan.

Ouch. What Now?

Moss and algae can easily be scrubbed off with a bleach solution, but you have to get there first. Why not call a friendly neighborhood pressure-washing wizard to deal with the buildup? Watching these pros at work is a satisfying end to a thorough spring-cleaning session!

Can This Be Prevented?

Kind of. Not having any trees near your home’s foundation helps, and if you do have trees, so does keeping them neatly trimmed. Copper or zinc strips around your roof’s ridges also goes a long way toward stopping algae and moss in their tracks. Still, it’s spring, and you’re familiar with the line “life finds a way.”

How Do You Know if Your Illinois Home Needs Roofing Spring Repairs?

Want to keep the money you’d spend on a roof replacement in your pocket and enjoy a beautiful, spring-ready roof? Or do you have further questions about spring roof repair? There’s a lot you, as a homeowner, can do to prolong your roof’s life — and we hope these spring roofing tips helped you out.

Still, scheduling regular roof inspections remains the single best step you can take to prevent and address problems with roofing in spring. Need a trusted roofing company in Byron, IL, to give your roof a thorough once-over? We’re here to help, so give Pro Restoration a call anytime!