The first frost of the season is closer than you think. Is your roof ready?

As the air chills, so does water on your roof and constant freezing and thawing can lead to leaks.

The “freeze/thaw cycle” is exactly what it sounds like – periods of freezing temperatures broken up by a warmer thaw, which aggravate existing roofing issues. In this cycle, water gets trapped in little cracks or holes in the roof, expands when it freezes, then thaws. When it expands, the surrounding material expands with it. Then more water can collect there, which will freeze again, expanding the void even further.

Regular roof maintenance can prevent leaks caused by water damage

This cycle affects all types of roofing systems, from shingles to membranes to metal. It can also affect any part of the roof that has collected moisture – this includes the roof deck and insulation. Temperatures can drop below freezing at night and rise above freezing during the day. When the freeze/thaw cycle repeats itself day after day, the damage to your roof accumulates rapidly. Have these small cracks and holes in your roof repaired sooner rather than later.

The longer you wait, the worse your roofing problem gets.

If your roof is in need of maintenance in preparation for or during the autumn season, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Great Lakes Roofing at 800-871-5151. We’ll get your roof taken care of before the fall frost arrives.

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Roof seams pop during the freeze/thaw cycle