While winter is still young and plenty of snow storms are on the horizon, now is a great time to check the strength and integrity of your roof. Whether you are at home or in an office building, knowing the roof is secure will give you peace of mind when heavy winds blow and snow starts to fall.
Winter can present a number of hazards for the roof of a home or commercial building. Heavy snow, ice dams, high winds and sleet can weigh heavy on a roof causing weak spots that will lead to leaks in the ceilings. Heavy snow accumulation will also cause weaker roofs to buckle under the weight and this can also happen to gutters that are not firmly in place.
When there is break in the weather, meaning no snow is falling and the temperature is above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit), it is a good time to take a walk on the roof. Without being an expert contractor you will at least be able to see and feel areas that are in need of repair. If you notice shingles missing, sections of the gutter hanging and step on a spot that feels like it is pressing in make note of it and keep a running list you can present to a roofing specialist.
Just because your roof has held up to this point doesn’t mean it will have the strength to endure a rough late January and February. More snow is expected to fall and if there is any section of your roof that is not up to par, a strong winter storm will expose these weaknesses.
Checking a roof isn’t just a summer task. Anytime you suspect your roof is in need of inspection or repair, find a mild afternoon that will be conducive to climbing on the roof and walking around the perimeter and to the peak. The sooner you spot a problem the faster you can get it fixed.