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Winter storms can be hard on a roof. For homeowners who live in colder climates, preparing a roof for a harsh winter is essential to keep the roof in top condition and avoid costly repairs. A thorough inspection of the roof is the cornerstone of the preparation. It may be tempting to attempt a do-it-yourself inspection or just let this annual maintenance slide; however, inspecting a roof is a job that's best left to a professional. A Federal Way roofing expert will be able to spot problems that the average homeowner may miss, and a roofer is better equipped to handle the safety concerns that come with working on a roof.

Roofing professionals start their inspection by climbing up on top of the roof to assess the condition of the shingles. Any cracked, loose or damaged shingles should be repaired before they need to withstand the weight of snow and ice. When shingles are in good condition, their surface should feel like rough sandpaper. When shingles have lost a fair amount of their granules, they need to be replaced.

After the roof has been inspected, it's important to clean out the gutters before winter.

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It may seem like a relatively small task, but it can have a big impact on a roof's ability to endure a tough winter. Gutters allow water to run off the roof. When they get clogged with debris, water gets backed up on the roof and forms damaging ice dams. Debris can also build up on the roof and add to the wear and tear on shingles.

The roof flashing should also be examined as part of a complete roof inspection. This area surrounding the chimney and vents keeps moisture from getting into the home, so it's important to make sure it was installed correctly and is still in good condition. In addition to checking the roof shingles and flashing, roofers will examine the interior of a roof for signs of trouble. Water spots on the ceiling can indicate leaks that lead to serious damage. If the home has a crawlspace or attic, that area should be inspected for rotting wood or other signs of water damage.

It's clear that winter weather can put significant stress on a roof. Snow can accumulate, ice dams can form, and winds can wreak havoc. Lower-quality roofs and roofs that are nearing the end of their useful life are particularly susceptible to weather-related damage. Even if a roof doesn't appear to have any problems, it's always best to book an annual inspection and head off any major repairs.

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