Care for Your Roof

  • High winds, snow and ice may cause damage to the roof.
  • After heavy storms and each spring, it is advisable to check for water stains in the attic and on the roof overhang.
  • Loose or damaged shingles should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • Any damage resulting from severe weather is not covered by Mark Winter Homes warranty program and should be referred to the insurance company handling your homeowner's insurance.

Avoid walking on the roof except when necessary

  • In addition to the obvious personal hazard, you may easily damage the roof.
  • In hot weather, asphalt shingles become soft and the granules are easily damaged.
  • The installation of antennas, the replacement of broken shingles, etc., are best performed by those who are experienced.
  • If you do install an antenna, be sure to caulk any holes made.

Wood shingles and asphalt shingles require little or no maintenance unless they are physically damaged.

  • After a period of years, the mineral granules coating the top surface of asphalt shingles may wear, exposing black felt. If this condition develops, the asphalt shingles should be replaced by a competent contractor.


  • It is the homeowner's responsibility to remove snow to prevent ice dams at roof edges.
  • Melting snow, which is backed up by an ice dam, can cause leaks and severe damage to the roof and the home interior.
  • Extreme caution must be used when removing snow to avoid damage to the roof

Gutters and downspouts

  • Require regular cleaning to avoid water damage caused by a clogged system.
  • Leaves and debris should be removed by hand, leaf blower or by a professional contractor as may be most appropriate.