It's winter, and you know what that means: snow and ice. But it also means a higher chance of roof leaks.

It's easy to ignore the possibility of roof leaks until they're happening right above your head, but there are ways to prevent them before they even happen.

Here are some simple steps you can take right now to keep your roof in good condition this winter.

Check the Attic

Inspecting the attic is a good way to get started. As you're looking around, look for signs of water damage and mold. Check for insulation that's been crushed or damaged. If you see any signs of rodent infestation—like droppings or gnawed wires—you'll want to take care of that before it gets worse.

Look closely at your roof as well; check for leaks and other damage where it meets your walls, especially if there are any cracks in those places where water could get through.

Inspect the Roof

Not only will you want to inspect the attic, but you will also want to inspect the roof. You may need a roof repair to prevent any leaks from occurring.

Here are some things to look for when inspecting your roof:

  • Signs of Damage

  • Signs of Wear and Tear

  • Signs of Leaks, Stains, or Watermarks

  • Holes in Shingles, Flashing, or Chimneys

  • Broken Tree Branches

If you want a second opinion, you can also hire a reputable, local roofing company to provide a roof inspection for you.

Remove Debris from the Roof and Gutters

It's easy to forget about the roof when the weather is nice, but fall can bring a lot of leaf cleanup. Take some time now to remove any debris that may have fallen on the roof or gutters during the summer, before it becomes a problem.

Make sure the gutters are clear. Make sure your gutters are clean and free of clogs so that water can easily get out of them when it rains—you don't want any pooling water sitting there collecting more dirt and grime than necessary!

Check for clogs in the downspout. Finally, if you have a downspout coming off your gutter system (the part that connects from where runoff ends up at ground level), be sure nothing's blocking its path so that runoff can flow freely away from your house instead of accumulating around doors or windowsills where it could cause leaks later on down the line should conditions change unexpectedly due to long periods without rain after all this hard work goes into preventing them now!

Learn More About Legends Roofing for Your Next Roof Repair

Those were some of the most efficient ways to avoid roof leaks this winter. Try these tips and save money on a possible roof repair.

If you're in need of a roofing company for your roof replacement or repair, Legends Roofing is here for you.

Contact us today to learn more about what we offer or to receive a free quote.