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Winter is just around the corner. Is your roof winter-ready?

With the weather changing now’s the time to make sure your roof is winter-ready.

That’s because any damage to the roof covering or structure can lead to bigger problems – like water infiltration or even collapse – once the snow and ice arrive.

And even if you haven’t experienced past issues, excess weight from snow and ice last winter may have compromised your structure and set you up for potential problems this year.

As a preventative measure, Risk Service consultants recommend checking roofs at least twice a year – preferably in the fall and late winter when the structure is fully visible and accessible.

To help you assess your potential risk, our friends at Northbridge have developed a short five-question online assessment tool and this roof maintenance checklist.

Now is also a great time to review your snow removal protocol, so you’re prepared once winter arrives. As a general rule, accumulation of snow and ice should be removed when it reaches more than 20 centimetres (8 inches) in depth.