Make Your Roof Last
A roof is a major investment, so it's smart to do whatever's necessary to make sure it stays in good shape.
Regular inspection and preventive maintenance will keep small problems from becoming big ones. It's smart to hire a roofing professional to check things out on a regular basis, and do all the necessary maintenance.
If you decide to climb up there and check the roof yourself, look out for "alligatoring and blistering." When cracks appear in the surface of a built-up roof, cold weather can create channels that hold water.
The free flow of air around and under a roof is critical to its durability. Without it, heat and moisture build up and can cause shingles to buckle and rafters to rot. Never block off your roof's louvers, ridge vents, or soffit vents - even in the winter. Attic ventilation prevents structural damage, increases the life of your roofing material, and increases the comfort level of the rooms beneath the attic.