With its picturesque mountain backdrops of brilliantly colored leaves there’s truly nothing like the fall season in New York State. Still, dazzling landscape aside, that Game of Thrones crew has it summed up pretty well: Winter is coming, and, if it’s anything like the last one, autumn’s a perfect time to batten down the hatches, as well as to enjoy the changing scenery.

The good news? If you’re in the market to update your roof, there couldn’t be a better time – or a more qualified crew than Malcarne Contracting – to get your home winter-ready.

Most days, the words “oil prices” often follow the word “rising” – something almost no one gets excited to hear. However, current lower oil prices (you read that right: lower!) have actually had a very positive effect on, specifically, the cost of getting a roof replaced.

Roofing shingles are, by and large, made up of asphalt, which is a petroleum product. Thanks to the oil market, the price of shingles are down, making now a great time to invest in getting your roof back to something that’s winter-proof, for the long haul. The savings can actually add up to about 15 percent – meaning your budget can cut up to thousands of dollars.

In fact, even if you have five or so years left on your 30-year roof, now’s the time to make that investment. You can bet that oil prices won’t stay this low for long, and homeowners will go back to paying full price or more again in no time. Plus, a lifetime roof installed by Malcarne is rated for 50 years – making it likely that it’s an asset you won’t have to worry about again, whether you’re there for the duration of your mortgage or you choose to sell in the near future.

Don’t let the pretty fall environment fool you: Leaky ceilings, drafty attics thanks to poor insulation, and ice dams – melted and refrozen snow that get backed up under a roof’s shingles and make its way into the house – can mean real, expensive problems, including high energy bills, damaged sheet rock, and the risk of mold in your house. Why not invest in a permanent fix – one that your wallet will actually thank you for? And it only takes two to three days to go from stained, leaky and unsafe to brand-new and never-have-to-think-about-again.

Sure, winter is coming. But, with a new roof from Malcarne, those flurries of flakes don’t seem quite so scary anymore.