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6 Major Roofing Issues Homeowners May Encounter This Winter

Ice dam on a roof in Arlington Heights, IL

While winter snowfall can often be exciting and fun, when it comes to your roof, it’s anything but. If you’re unprepared for what the cold weather inevitably brings, the snow, ice, and other unpredictable outside elements can wreak havoc on your roofing system.

At Revived Exteriors, we are dedicated to providing full and superior roofing protection to all of our Arlington Heights IL residents. This is why we’ve prepared for you a list of the most common winter roofing issues that you should be on the lookout for this coming winter.

By being aware of what awaits, no issue will get by you, and you’ll be able to address them in a timely manner.


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1. Condensation

Condensation occurs when warm air is combined with a cold surface. And if your attic isn’t well insulated, that creates the perfect environment for condensation to happen. This, in turn, can lead to other issues, such as mold and mildew growing and damaging your home’s structure, as well as moisture build-up that can cause other issues throughout your home.


2. Wind Damage

Since Arlington Heights and the areas surrounding Chicago are known as very windy, homeowners should be on the lookout for gusts of heavy winds in the coming months. When their speed picks up, they can do a lot of damage, to the point of loosening up your asphalt shingles. If you notice some of your shingles on the ground, call our Revived team ASAP.


3. Leaky Flashing

Flashings are the metal pieces placed throughout your roof with the purpose of directing water away from the vulnerable areas of your roof, such as intersections of different elements. In case they weren’t installed properly, they can start to break away from the roof and cause heavy leakage, especially during heavy snowstorms. In order to prevent this from happening, you can inspect your flashings twice a year to make sure they’re firmly in place.


4. Overhanging Tree Limbs

When your home is surrounded by trees, there’s a high risk that a wind might blow the branches onto your roof, windows, or siding and cause serious damage. This is even more likely during the unpredictable weather that winter brings. Luckily, this problem is easily solved by simply trimming the tree branches and protecting your home and everyone inside it.


5. Snow Build-Up

When snow builds up on top of your roof, it causes a lot of additional pressure on the entire structure and becomes too heavy to hold. This can result in many structural issues that can pose a serious threat. On top of that, when snowfall melts on your roof, it can create leaks that will spread fast and cause irreparable damage if not addressed on time. Regular roof inspections and snow removal can help you avoid all of this and keep your roof in top shape. 


6. Ice Dams

Ice dams form when the heat rises from the warmer sections of your roof and meets the freezing parts. While it’s difficult to prevent ice dams from forming completely, it is possible to minimize them. How? With good insulation and a proper roof ventilation system.


Call Revived Exteriors for the Best Residential Roofing Services

Contact your best Arlington Heights IL residential roofing contractor for the highest quality roofing services. We conduct our work with respect, integrity, and outstanding customer service while ensuring your residential roof remains in top shape no matter the weather. 

We guarantee you superb end results and a long-lasting roof that will give you and your family great peace of mind for many years to come.


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