Winter can wreak havoc on many things, especially if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow and ice. One thing winter damages is the roof of your home. This is why it is important for you to inspect your roof once the snow and ice clear away and look for any damage. This way, you can get the damage repaired before it becomes much worse. Below is more information about this so you can get started.
If you do not mind climbing up on your roof, then you can do the inspection yourself. Never do this alone, however, as you need someone standing at the ladder on the ground. Also, wear shoes that are not slippery, or you could easily slip on the roof and fall. Any type of work boot works well because these boots have a lot of traction.
Once you get on the roof, look at the shingles to see if there are any that look damaged. For example, you may notice some shingles completely missing or you may notice a few nails missing, causing the shingles to become loose.
While you are on the roof inspect the gutters. Look along the full length of the gutters, and check if they are loose anywhere. The gutters may also be full of debris. If so, the debris needs to be removed so water can flow freely through the gutters when it rains.
If there are only problems with a few shingles, this is an easy repair, and you may even be able to do it yourself. Simply nail the loose shingles back down with roofing nails, and replace the missing shingles with new ones. Make sure you purchase the same type and color of the current shingles on your home. Take a damaged shingle with you to ensure that you do this.
If the gutters are loose in areas, you can nail them back to secure them. If there is more damage to gutters, however, such as deterioration, rust, etc., you should replace the gutter system.
If the current roof on your home is old, this would be a good time to replace it with a brand new one. This way, you will not have to worry about making any of these repairs.
Talk with a roofing contractor, like those at Popular Roofing, about this information. If you do not feel comfortable doing any of this on your own, the roofing contractor can inspect and repair the roof and gutters for you.