Winter is not only one of the coldest times of the year, it is often one of the toughest times of the year on your roof as well. Now that spring has arrived. it is time to check up on your roof and make sure it is not damaged by the winter weather.

#1. Check Your Gutter System

Start out by cleaning out your gutters. Although you probably cleaned your gutters last fall, extra debris has more than likely accumulated in the proceeding months. Cleaning out your gutters will ensure that all the spring rain you will get this year is funneled to the right location and doesn't run down the side of your home.

In addition to cleaning your gutters, you need to inspect your gutters. Make sure your gutters are properly clipped to the roof. If you don't have seamless gutters, make sure the gutters are properly attached at each joint. If your gutters are come loose from your roof, either reattach them yourself or hire a team to fix your gutters.

 Be sure to check your downspout, and make sure it is clean of debris as well.

#2. Look for Water Damage

There can be a lot of snow, rain, and ice during the wintertime, which can do some damage to your roof if it is not in the best condition. That is why you should start out by looking for any signs of water damage to your roof.

To check for water damage, start inside of your attic or attic crawlspace. Get some lights in there, and really light the place up. Look up towards the ceiling, and see if you see any water dripping into the attic or water stains on the ceiling. If you see signs of pooling water or water stains, you have a roof leak that needs to be taken care of.

#3. Check for Visible Damage

Once outside, check your roof for visible damage. Look at the quality of the shingles on your roof. Do you have shingles that have cracks in them? Do you have shingles that look discolored? Are any of your shingles warped or curling up around the edges? If your shingles showing any of these signs of damage, they more than likely are in need of being replaced. A roofing professional can inspect your roof and let you know if just a section of shingles need to be replaced or if your entire roof needs to be replaced.

Remember to look beyond the shingles when inspecting your roof as well. Check any metal flashing used to seal gaps to make sure it is properly attached to your roof. Check any caulking around vents and pipes, and make sure the caulking is still in place. Check the wood on the side of your roof to make sure it is still in good shape.

Take some time checking your roof and making sure it is ready for the new year this spring.