It’s never too early to start thinking about winter. Call us crazy but we think about roofing year-round and encourage our customers to do the same. There’s things you can do throughout the year that prepares your roof for surviving winter. While not all winters are the same, if you live in areas of extreme cold and see winter storms dropping snow left and right, you need this guide.

Tips to Ensure Your Roof Survives Winter

Before winter begins, you want to do a quick roof audit to determine if you need repairs or maintenance before the cold settles in.

Walk around your home and look at the ceiling. Look for any spots that might indicate a leak, such as water pooling or discoloration. If you find any, you want to have a roofer come out and inspect your roof. While you can repair some of these spots on your own, if your roof is leaking, you want to get it fixed before winter rolls in.

Cracked flashing should be looked for, too. This is usually found between walls or chimneys and your roof. If your flashing is cracked, it can allow leaks which can run into your ceiling and walls. Buckled, curled or damaged shingles should be replaced or repaired where necessary.

Make sure to clean out your gutters, which is something many homeowners neglect before winter. By clearing out your gutters, you can ensure that water is draining away from your roof and home when rain, sleet and snow begin to fall.

It’s important if you notice any issues with your roof before winter that you have a roofer come out and do a full roof inspection. If they notice any problems, they can give you an estimate for repairs or recommend a replacement before cold weather makes it harder to get your roof in working condition.