Should You Have Your Roof Inspected Before Winter?

30 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you live in an area that receives a heavy amount of snow or rainfall, you may be wondering whether there is anything you can do to help prepare your roof for a potential winter onslaught. Luckily, an annual inspection can go a long way toward easing your mind (and your pocketbook). Read on to learn more about the problems that can be wrought by winter weather and what you can do to help alleviate them.

What roofing problems can be caused by snow and ice?

In general, peaked or highly pitched roofs fare better in winter weather than flatter roofs -- this is why you see many Cape Cod-style houses in the Northeast and Adobe and Pueblo styles in the Southwest. A pitched roof will allow snow and ice to slide off, rather than accumulate. If snow remains packed on a flatter roof, the moisture can cause permanent damage to the shingles. And if the weight of the snow is too much for the roof to bear, you may find yourself facing a leak or collapse.

What will a roof inspection do?

When you hire a contractor to perform a roof inspection, he or she will carefully walk over all surfaces of your roof to ensure that no shingles are broken or missing. The inspector will also check your gutters and eaves for any termite damage or mold. Finally, the inspector will check the flashing (the metal shields that cover vents and other seams or edges on your roof. Heavy winds can cause flashing to come loose, allowing moisture and debris to enter your home. By identifying and repairing these problems as soon as they are discovered, you can ensure that your roof will be in fine shape before the onslaught of snow and ice.

What steps can you take to protect your roof from winter weather?

Once you've ensured that your roof is in decent shape, there are a couple of additional things you can do to provide even more protection.

If you have a flat or low-pitched roof, you may want to apply heat tape or electronic heating strips to the inside of your roof. These will help melt any snow or ice as it falls and prevent any leaking or moisture damage. And if your roof is high-pitched, ensure that your gutters and downspouts are completely free of any blockages. Without a clear path off your roof via gutters and downspouts, water may begin to pool.

By following these steps, you can all but ensure a peaceful and hassle-free winter for your roof. For more information on keeping your roof in great shape, visit