If you can safely get onto the roof of your building, there are a few steps you can take to see if the rooftop is ready for the winter months. A quick DIY roofing inspection will tell you if you should seek the services of a professional roofer before the weather gets too cold. Winter is not the most ideal time to needs roofing work done, so checking on everything now is in your best interest.
1. Look for any repairs needed.
It is best to have any work required done before something goes wrong during the winter season. Inspect the components of your rooftop to see if anything appears old or damaged and needs to be addressed: the flashing, gutters, downspouts, scuppers and scupper boxes.
2. Check for drainage issues.
If water is pooling anywhere on the roof, that is an indicator of a problem with how it is draining. Have an expert inspect this to avoid major issues with water damage later on. Keep an eye on the ceiling for leaks.
3. Clear away any foliage.
Fall means the trees are shedding their leaves and branches, which often end up piling up on rooftops. Remove any foliage that has fallen on the roof so it can’t clog up gutters or drainage systems.
4. Remove trash and other debris.
High winds can blow all sorts of things onto your roof. If there is anything up there that shouldn’t be, make sure to get it and throw it away. Any large-scale issues that involve a safety or electrical concern can be taken care of by a professional roofer.
5. Hire a roofer to take a look.
A professional roofing contractor can easily tell if you need any work done on your rooftop. We offer inspections and preventative maintenances services to help property owners make sure their roof is in good condition to protect their building.
Doing these minor roofing inspection tasks can save you from major issues at very inopportune times. Remembering to examine your roof’s condition prior to the coldest months of the year can prevent you from needing emergency repairs during a blizzard or dealing with a roofing issue amidst freezing temperatures. If anything appears to be wrong, you can have a professional roofing contractor take a look and take care of any repairs before the cold weather comes. By making sure your building’s rooftop is prepared to withstand the winter weather, you can have peace of mind that you are being a responsible property owner.