It is rapidly approaching the 2013/14 ice age here in the Chicagoland area. That means icicles and ice damning.
Every year Nu-Concepts receives calls from potential customers who think because their windows are leaking, they need new windows. Usually this is not the case. Ice forms on the roof and leaks down into the soffits. From there it moves down the outside wall under the siding, hits the windows and drips in.
Simple solutions are available. First, rake snow off the problem areas. They sell long extension rakes at the hardware stores. Second, heating coils in your gutters and downspouts. Finally, when replacing your roof make sure to get ice and water shield and make sure the installing company wraps the edge where your roof decking meets your fascia board, so no water or ice can leak in.
Upon request, Nu-Concepts will supply a reprint of one of many articles written on the subject. Just supply us with your e-mail address and we will e-mail you the articles we have in our reference materials.