Granted, some areas of the country experience much more severe winters than others.  In central North Carolina where our company is located, we have mild winters for the most part with the occasional snow and ice storm.  However, our snow and ice does not compare to that of the North East.  That being said, even in the most southern regions where snow falls in states to the north rain falls in the warmer climates.  So, water intrusion can still be an issue.  The quickest and easiest way to check your roof is:

  1. Make sure your roof is free of debris.  This can cause a damming effect and cause water to back up under shingles or ice dams to build.
  2. Check the chimney flashing to make sure it is secure to brick and the caulking is in good shape.  Even the smallest air hole in caulking can cause a leak.
  3. Check the brick and mortar of the chimney structure to make sure there are no signs of cracks or holes in the mortar.
  4. Look for lifted shingles and exposed nail heads.  Nail pops are common.  As the temperature changes houses expand and contract causing nails that are not securely driven to back out.  Also, nail heads that are easily visible need to be re-caulked.  (i.e.: base of pipe boots and lower flashing of skylights, etc.)
  5. Make sure your gutters are clean and free from debris!  Nothing causes more problems than clogged gutters.  Water backs under the shingle starter course and or behind the gutter damaging the fascia boards.

Regardless, it’s always best to consult with a factory certified and licensed residential roofing contractor.  Be safe and be smart….hire and expert!