This weekend, much of North Carolina finally got a taste of some winter weather, and the forecast for next weekend is calling for even more snow and ice. While the snow can be beautiful, the combination of snow, ice, and rain can wreak havoc on your home, especially your roof.

While you can’t control Mother Nature, you can take some steps to help protect your home from the dangers of winter weather. When it comes to your roof, fallen trees and limbs often cause the most damage. The extra weight from snow and ice can cause these to fall and break, landing on your roof and causing extensive damage. To help keep this from happening, trim back any overhanging branches in your yard during the fall.

If a tree or branch does fall on your roof, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, call us as soon as possible. We can come out to perform emergency roof services. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to repair and replace missing or damaged shingles. However, if the damage is extensive, your entire roof may have to be replaced.

If a winter storm damages your roof, you’ll also want to contact your homeowner’s insurance. Oftentimes, any damage done to your roof during a storm will be fully, or at least partially, covered with your insurance. We have extensive experience working with these insurance companies, and we are happy to work with you as you work with them.

Sometimes snow and ice leave less serious damage, like a few loose or missing shingles. If you notice this, you should give a roofing contractor a call once the storm is over. While a few missing shingles often aren’t a very big deal, they can turn into one if you ignore them for too long. So, be sure to have them repaired as soon as you can.

Gutters are another part of your roof that is often affected by winter storms. Damage to your shingles will not probably need immediate attention, but you should call a roofing contractor as soon as you can to have them fixed, or they could lead to more extensive damage. Oftentimes, gutters begin to sag or fall off during a winter storm because they are overloaded with the additional weight of snow and ice. That’s why it’s important to have your gutters cleaned several times a year.

Whatever happens to your roof during a storm, it’s important to remember that you should not try to repair and inspect the damage yourself. Climbing on a roof is dangerous enough, but add in the snow and ice, and you’re just asking for an accident. Instead, let professionals handle the job.

Winter weather is beautiful, but it can also be damaging to your roof. If a winter storm leads to roofing damage, call the roofing contractors at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.