DIY & Homeowner Tips

Post-Winter 12-Point Roof Checklist

Snow, ice, wind, and frigid temperatures can lead to major problems and costly repairs in the future. Once snow has melted and winter has ended, make checking your roof the first item on your to-do list with this Post-Winter 12-Point Roof Checklist.

Ground-Level Outside Inspection:

Give your roof a thorough, 360-degree inspection from the ground. Walk across the street (or as far away as your roof’s slope requires) and look for at least 30 seconds for anything obvious. Keep an eye out for:

  • Dark patches
  • Disturbed shingles
  • Damage around chimneys or vents
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are secured

Pick a direction and walk 10 yards, scan again for 30 seconds and repeat. It’s important to scan incrementally from different vantage points because lighting, reflections, or shadows could mask damage from any given angle.

Roof-Level Inspection:

Hire a professional to walk your roof. Any experienced roofing contractor can inspect and check for:

  • Loose, cracked, worn, or bulging shingles
  • Plumbing stack flashings are sealed and rubber fittings aren’t cracked
  • Leaks around the edges of the chimney and roof valleys or attic vents and fans, as well as, furnace vents
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are unclogged

Plant matter acts as a sponge for water. If gutters are clogged, remove debris and run water through them to check for leaks.

Attic Inspection:

After evaluating the exterior of your home it’s time to go indoors. If your home has attic access, venture into your attic space. Once in the attic you want to check for:

  • Stains or ruptures in the roof sheeting
  • Rust or staining around nails
  • Signs of animal activity in the form of scratching or shredding, droppings, nesting materials, and chewed surfaces
  • Signs of any condensation or water leaking


Water leaking and condensation can breed mold. If you see mold, do not touch it. Some mold can be extremely hazardous. Call a professional before attempting to remove.

Every winter that passes — especially severe winters — increases the likelihood of damage to your roof. Conducting a yearly inspection can prevent the need for future professional work and expenses. Save this list to complete your own inspection yearly or contact a licensed professional to complete the checklist for you!

 

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