Winter Roofing Care

Bad weather approaches as we go deeper into the winter months. It’s all very pleasant to look out from the warmth of a sitting room with a hot drink, however, it’s a very different experience for the exterior of your home. It really is on the receiving end of some violent weather, we’re talking wind, rain, snow and hail.

Your roof is especially in danger of becoming damaged – in some cases beyond repair. However, there are some things you can do to avoid having to have your entire roof replaced due to winter weather. In this post, we’re going to talk about winter roofing care, so you can help avoid roofing disasters before they happen.

Inspect your roof before winter sets in

Carry out an inspection ASAP of your roof before the winter weather hits. Look for any existing damage. Checking inside is a good idea because you can look for cracks and exposed parts of the ceiling, anything that can lead to problems later on.

Where the surface meets the walls, there may be some damage, water can get in and once you have heavy rain, this could find its way into the house. Therefore, it’s important to check the caulking, if you have cracks, seal them.

Get rid of debris

While you’re up on the roof checking for any damage, it might be a good idea to get rid of any debris you find. This could be leaves, twigs or any other waste products that have made their way onto your roof.

It can become wet and soggy and eventually turn into mulch, which isn’t very good for your roof. This may not seem too much of a problem to you now, however it could cause damage your roof’s protective coating later on.


Check drains as well as your roof. Make sure no debris is collecting in there as it could cause a blockage at some point. Use a hose to spray the drains clean. The water needs a clear way to travel during snow or heavy rainfall.


If you haven’t done so already, you should waterproof your roof. You can do this over your shingles and also underneath it too. If you want to place waterproofing under your shingles, this will have to be done while your roof is either being installed or during a repair.

Therefore, you may find that waterproofing over your shingles is the only option. However, keep in mind this will help a lot when the heavy rain falls. Our roofers in West Lothian can take care of all your roof waterproofing if required.

J Gordon Roofers West Lothian

If you have any questions about your roof and you need them answered, then do get in touch with us here at J Gordon Roofing. We are qualified and trained and we love what we do. Most of our work is on recommendations from satisfied customers.

If you’re looking to check your roofing in West Lothian, then contact us at J Gordon Roofing and we can answer your questions via phone or email, or we can come over and give your roof an inspection if you can’t. We’re here to help.