The following is an excerpt from Fiderio & Son's Roof Maintenance Guide.
If you are not regularly inspecting your roof for signs of damage and wear, one of your most expensive assets is likely at risk. The cold weather and snow during the winter months increase the likelihood that your roof may become damaged. Regular roof maintenance throughout the year will help you to avoid cost roof repairs and help protect your family from potentially dangerous situations.
- Remove any heavy snow from the roof. Ice dams form when snow starts to melt from the heat given off from inside your home. The water runs into the gutters, eventually freezing. When gutters are blocked, melting snow will then be forced into the shingles and cause a leak in your home.
- Check for fallen branches and limbs after a storm. Winter storms are inevitable, so after each storm make sure to remove any debris that has fallen on your roof that will put unnecessary stress on the structure and cause water blockage.
- Flashing may become loose or damaged from high winds. It is used to prevent water from leaking into your home, so it's important to ensure all flashing is secured. The safest way to do this is to hire a professional to inspect your roof for damage and necessary repairs.
- Inside your home, check for dark stains or signs of water damage. If you see noticeable discoloration after a storm, there is a good chance that your roof has a leak.
Knowing what to look for in advance is one of the best ways to avoid costly roof repairs. Don't forget to check out more tips in our FREE Roofing Maintenance Guide.