Dos and Don'ts for Chicago Roofs This Season

Ah, Chicago summers! Sunshine, festivals, and...roof worries? Don't let your roof become a source of stress this season. Here at Green Attic Roofing, your trusted Chicago roofing experts, we want to help you keep your cool (literally!) with some essential summer roof care dos and don'ts:

Do:

Schedule a Summer Inspection:

Just like getting your car checked before a road trip, your roof deserves a professional eye. A summer inspection by Green Attic Roofing can identify minor issues before they become major problems. We'll check for storm damage, loose shingles, and ensure proper ventilation – all crucial for a healthy roof.

Embrace the Shade:

The relentless Chicago sun can bake your roof, accelerating wear and tear. Consider planting shade trees strategically around your house (mature trees are best) or invest in awnings over south-facing roof sections. A cooler roof lasts longer!

Clean Your Gutters Regularly:

Clogged gutters are a recipe for roof disaster! Debris buildup can trap water, leading to leaks and potential damage to your roof and siding. Regularly clear your gutters and ensure proper drainage away from your foundation.

Trim Those Overenthusiastic Branches:

Tree branches scraping or hanging over your roof are a safety hazard and can damage shingles. Prune branches at least 3-4 feet away from your roofline to prevent unwanted contact.

Don't:

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Ignore Warning Signs:

Missing shingles, warped flashing, or dark spots in your attic are all red flags that shouldn't be ignored. Early intervention from Green Attic Roofing can save you money and hassle in the long run.
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DIY Roof Repairs:

Unless you're a trained roofer, tackling repairs yourself can be dangerous and lead to further damage. Trust the professionals at Green Attic Roofing for safe, reliable solutions.
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Put Off Necessary Repairs:

Minor issues can quickly escalate into major problems, especially with Chicago's unpredictable summer weather. Don't delay addressing any identified concerns – it's cheaper to fix a small problem now than a big one later.
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Neglect Ventilation:

Proper roof ventilation is crucial for regulating temperature and preventing moisture buildup. Ensure your vents are clear and functioning correctly. If you're unsure, call Green Attic Roofing for a ventilation assessment.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and take precautions before storms hit. Secure loose outdoor furniture that could become windblown projectiles and damage your roof.

Make Green Attic Roofing Your Summer Roof Partner!

Don't let your roof become a source of summer frustration. At Green Attic Roofing, we're passionate about keeping Chicago's roofs healthy and secure. Contact us today for a free summer roof inspection and keep your cool (and your roof!) all season long.

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