Although you should be checking on your roof throughout the year, it is especially important to review its condition in the fall, before winter arrives. After all, the last thing you need to discover when you wake up, during a snowstorm, is that a spot of your bedroom floor is covered in snow! If you were looking to ensure that your roof will outlast the winter (especially if it is an older roof) here are some things you can do:
Schedule a professional to come out and do an inspection!
As roofing contractors in South Jersey, we cannot stress enough how important it is that you have your roof inspected before winter weather arrives. No matter whether the roof was installed less than five years ago, or it just turned twenty years old, it will not hurt to have it looked at. Some things a roofing contractor will review are if there might be any leaks, or loose/missing shingles, etc.
Trim your trees and remove dead branches.
Not only can a tree crash through your roof (as we all saw during Hurricane Sandy) but branches can also do some major damage. Not to mention, snow can also weigh down on branches and cause them to fall on your home. Trimming your trees will help to prevent your roof from caving in, as well as reduce leaf build-up in your gutters.
Speaking of your gutters, make sure they are clean, and as empty as possible.
If you do not clean your gutters while the leaves are falling, or after, or you left them alone throughout the spring and summer, now is the time to clear them out. If you leave any debris in your gutters, water could get stuck, freeze and expand, and thus cause damage to your gutters and your roof.
In the end, if you take the time to check your roof before winter weather hits, you will have less of a chance of making costly repairs once the temperature begins to rise in the spring!