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The Art of Protecting Your Roof from the Harsh Elements of Winter

workers commercial metal roofing installationRoofing can be difficult at the best of time, and when you live in an area where the climate permits temperatures of far below freezing during the winter, your job of protecting your building and your roof can be even more difficult.


When it comes to winter, you have to think ahead and consider the state of your roof as well as its construction. If you own a slate, concrete or metal roofing Chicago area, you’re better off than a lot of people who have to rely on cheap wood or asphalt shingle roofing, and typically need to invest a lot more into upgrades, coating or repairs.


Before the arrival of winter, it’s important to start by getting a thorough, professional roof inspection to check how well your roof is doing. Depending on how old it is, you might consider a few reinforcements, or a partial or complete roof replacement. For newer roofs, it’s a great idea to seal it by covering your roof with a type of protective coating that will defend it from harsh winter conditions.


Finally, make sure you not only check for leaks and visible damage, but also for unseen damage and weak spots that will almost certainly fail during the winter season. Working to reinforce these areas can save you a lot of effort and money once spring is here.