If you're worried about how your roof is going to stand up the winter weather that's headed your way, you want to make sure that you get it checked out before the snow flies and anything can happen to it. That means that you need to have a roofer come out to your house and climb up on your roof so that they can check everything out for you. What are some of the things that a roofer is going to look for when they are on your roof?
One thing that they are going to look for is if you have any loose shingles. Loose shingles are a good way for meltwater or ice to get in and affect the roof, which can cause damage. So, the roofer will look at all the shingles that you have installed. If you have any loose or missing shingles, the roofers will make sure that they're secured or replaced, depending on what the case is.
Flashing is metal strips that are installed around your chimney or any other outcroppings on your roof. The flashing is designed to help keep moisture from getting into the roof through that outcropping. If you have missing flashing, that puts you at risk of a leak. The roofer can replace it. In other cases, they may just re-secure the flashing and cover it so that nothing can get in to cause damage to your house through that particular avenue.
Soft spots in your roof are a sign that you already have a lot of damage done to your roof, and if it isn't taken care of as soon as possible, you can end up with a much more catastrophic failure. The soft spot may not be a place in your roof that is specifically softer than the surrounding roof, but it could be a place where the roof feels like it has more give so it flexes more than it should, or it is very creaky. It may be hard for you to tell, if you were to do it, but the roofer should have a really good feel as to what a roof should feel like and can see the difference.
If you are worried about whether or not your roof is going to be up to another winter, contact a residential roof contractor and have them come check out your roof for you.