Now that winter appears to be finally over, homeowners can take the opportunity to survey the damage that has been caused over the last few months. This winter was particularly intense for snowfall with a record Nor’easter dumping up to 3’ of snow in February from Connecticut to Maine, and this storm led to many downed branches, ice dams and torn shingles. Now that the snow is melting it’s easier to see what debris has been left behind. On a nice weekend afternoon it’s a good idea to get out the ladder and take a trip up to your roof to see if the winter caused any damage.
When inspecting a roof, be sure someone is with you. All it takes is one slip on a ladder or the roof to cause a fall that can lead to serious injury. If no one is around to call for help it can be a few hours before someone notices you’ve had an accident. Never try to perform any home improvement projects alone.
Unless you have experience working on roofs you probably won’t be able to spot all the areas that require attention but you can at least remove debris from the roof surface including heavy branches, ice and other debris. This will at least allow you to better view the roof during an inspection. Many areas of New England had piles of snow for weeks on end and now is the time to get a look at what was hiding under that snow. Giving your roof a thorough cleaning will help identify any areas that suffered during the winter including torn shingles, warped roof sections and sagging gutters.
This initial inspection will help you spot sections of the roof that will need immediate attention from a roofing specialist. A quick tour and cleanup can highlight a lot of areas where winter has left its mark and when you know where the problems are it will be easier to for a roofing contractor to get to work.