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Roof Inspection Checklist: Winter

By Blue Corona Dev Jan 21, 2013

Roof Inspection Checklist

Do you live in an older house and aren’t sure if you need any roof maintenance? Have you ever questioned the integrity of your roof, especially during the winter months? Not sure when you should have a professional check your roof for issues? Worried that the constant snow and ice might be causing a potential roof disaster?

Just because your roof looks fine on the outside doesn’t mean that it is free from damage on the inside. Fiderio & Sons offers a few tips to ensure that your roof will last this winter and your home will be safe for years to come.

Roof Inspection Checklist for the Winter:

1) Ceiling Spots

Notice any unsightly ceiling spots on the ceiling inside your home? These spots are a big indicator that you have roof problems. Dark spots and discolorations are all signs of roof leaking and cracking.

2) Icicles

Do you see pretty icicles hanging from the roof of your home? They may look nice, but icicles mean that your roof is probably in danger. If you notice that your roof has a lot of icicles then you most likely have attic condensation and ice buildup on the roof edges. Having the roof inspected by professionals is the only way to truly diagnose the ventilation and condensation problem.

3) Ice Dams

An ice dam is a thick ridge of solid ice that builds up along the eaves of your roof. If you live in a place where snow is common (hello, New England!) then you probably have ice dams. Check your roof for ice buildup along the gutters and overhangs. Ice dams can cause roof and interior damage, as well as potential issues with insulation and other areas if left unattended.

4) Debris

Check your roof for fallen debris after big storms. Often times large tree branches and limbs can weigh down on your roof without any notice. Take the time after every winter storm to check your roof for any issues.

5) Snow

If you live in CT or anywhere in New England, chances are that you will see snow at some point this winter. Is your roof stable and ready to hold heavy snow? Is the snow building up from the last winter storm? Avoid dangerous snow removal unless you can safely shovel the snow off the roof. Otherwise, talk to a roofing professional  about the snow removal.

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