Winter Roofing Checklist: Is Your Roof Ready?

The roof of your home has to work hard during the winter months, as it is the first line of defense against rain, snow, wind, and ice. As the temperatures drop across the state of Virginia, it’s important to address any roof issues you’ve been putting off this year.

Leaves
An accumulation of leaves, twigs, or debris can cause water to not drain off your roof properly. Leaves that are blown onto your roof can collect in the valleys and gutters, causing blockages and inviting pests and mold.  Make sure your roof is clean of all debris to prevent problems this winter.

Drips or leaks
The best way to make sure your roof is not leaking is by checking the attic. If water is getting in, you’ll quickly notice stained wood or wet insulation. Be sure to inspect the whole attic as water spots aren’t always close to the actual leak.

Missing shingles
It’s a good idea to check your roof for missing shingles after particularly strong winds, as missing shingles can often lead to water damage in the future. Without the protection of the shingle, water can easily seep into the roof deck or insulation.

We understand that crawling onto your roof this winter might not sound very fun, but that’s what we’re here for! As GAF Master Elite Roofers, we’re trained to spot roof issues right off the bat and can help ensure your roof does it’s job all winter long.

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