Winter will soon be coming to a close! At this point, there's no telling what the harsh conditions of the last several months have done to your roof. Once the snow melts and it's safe to climb a ladder, you can finally inspect your roof and get started on some necessary maintenance.
Debris tends to build up on rooftops and in gutters during the cold, windy winter. This is especially true of homes located on properties where nearby trees drop leaves at the end of the fall. Unfortunately, when gutters fill with debris and become clogged, these conditions can cause an ice dam.
Ice dams occur when freezing water in gutters and on eaves backs up into the attic, where it melts and leaks into other areas of the house. Ice dams can be responsible for ceiling leaks and wall leaks inside your home. Some ice dams are insignificant at the start, and you may not yet be aware that an ice dam has formed.
Now is the time to clear the debris from the gutters of your home and inspect the area around the gutters. As you clear away the debris, inspect the roof of your house. Pay close attention to any areas where you saw icicles hanging from the roof of your home over the winter. Look for damaged or missing shingles and other signs of wood rot. Mold and mildew are also signs that your roof has been exposed to standing water and is now in trouble.
While you're clearing your gutters, you may also notice leaves and sticks on the roof of your home. If this is the case, climb onto your roof to clear away the waste.
Check in the Attic
If you suspect that your roof sustained damage over the course of the winter, check your attic for more signs of trouble. Inspect the sheathing of the roof for signs of water damage, paying particular attention to any areas where you noticed wood rot, mold or missing shingles on the exterior of your home.
If you do notice that your home has sustained damage over the course of the winter, the next step will be to call a reputable roofing company (such as Professional Roofing) in your area to schedule an appointment. These tips will help you maintain your roof and arrange for any necessary repairs, so your home will be ready for the rain and sunshine of spring.