How a pre-winter roof inspection can help minimize water damage

Seven Benefits of a roof inspection to minimize water intrusion and water damage this winter

SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to provide water damage restoration process from a roof leak.Fall turns to winter almost unnoticed in North Texas and the Ovilla area. A lull after Labor Day merges into the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays which usher in the New Year. The days are full of events, and the evenings provide little rest from the season’s activities. However, before the harsh winter weather arrives, make time for a post-summer roof inspection by a reputable, licensed, bonded, and insured roofing contractor. Listed below are ten compelling reasons to schedule a roof inspection before winter.

1. Spring and summer weather punish a roof

During the stormy months of spring and summer, high winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall take their toll on the roof. These storms can go unnoticed if the occupants are at work or school. A few limbs and twigs in the yard, shingles scattered here and there, and lawn furniture and garbage cans scattered across the lawn may be the only obvious indicators of a damaging storm. However, when water starts leaking from the roof, the homeowner quickly realizes the effects a storm had on the roof and the home.

2. A pre-winter inspection can discover hidden issues

Some roof issues are not readily visible from the ground and go unnoticed by the untrained eye. An experienced roofing contractor recognizes the effects of weather, aging, hail damage, debris impact, mold, and vegetation growth. Using a ladder or a drone, a professional can uncover issues that would otherwise be overlooked.

3. Resolve roofing issues rapidly

A pre-winter inspection can identify and resolve minor issues before they escalate into something bigger, such as a roof replacement, water damage in the attic, or a mold infestation.

4. Prepare the roof for winter to avoid new damage

A thorough inspection can alert the homeowner to actions that need to be taken to prevent new damage from occurring during the winter months. A key element of roof winterization involves replacing or repairing loose, damaged, or missing shingles. Proactive intervention can extend the roof's life and mitigate the development of new problems.

5. Scheduled maintenance can avoid or limit unexpected costs

Routine seasonal maintenance is far less expensive than repairs for advanced roof damage or installing a new roof. A proactive approach helps homeowners keep money in their pockets.

6. Warmer weather is the best time for roof repairs

The optimal weather for roof installation or repairs is a clear day with temperatures around 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A typical autumn day is the best condition for roof work. In cooler temperatures, shingles become brittle and are a challenge to install or repair. To improve efficiency, reduce cost, and limit potential problems arising from a cold installation or repair, have a roofing contractor repair any damage while the temperatures are warmer.

For example, shingles seal best before winter. To provide moisture-resistant, airtight protection, shingles need to be adequately sealed. The harsh winter conditions can impede the shingles from forming a sufficient seal. Cold, wintry blasts are less likely to damage shingles that have been sealed correctly.

7. Enjoy peace of mind

A pre-winter roof inspection can eliminate any worry or concern that might interfere with the holiday celebrations. When the forecast is for windy winter weather, the knowledge that the roof has received a clean bill of health can allow the homeowner to rest easy, confident the roof will weather the storm.

When scheduling an inspection with a roofer, take a few minutes to pre-qualify SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian as a dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration provider. By pre-qualifying with SERVPRO, the homeowner eliminates the anxiety and stress that accompanies a frantic search for a restoration provider when water is pouring through the roof. The team at SERVPRO is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crews arrive on the scene in about an hour to assess the damage, prepare an estimate, and begin the water damage restoration.


For more information about Midlothian, TX, water damage cleanup, call SERVPRO of Waxahachie/Midlothian at (972) 935-0827 or email

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