If you want your home to stay in good condition, you have to be vigilant about repairing everything. The more things you allow to slip into disrepair, the less your home is worth. The roof is one of the most important things to remember to maintain. This is because your roof is protecting the rest of your home, so if it is not sound, the rest of your house is at risk. To avoid putting your house at risk for water damage, you should have roofers inspect your roof before winter. If the roofers do not discover anything wrong with your roof, then you should be happy. If, on the other hand, they do find something, you should still be glad you got the inspection. If you get the inspection, at least you will know what to expect. The reason winter is so bad for your roof is the fact that snow and ice collect on your roof. This is not necessarily bad if every inch of your roof is watertight. If you have even a little crack or tear in your roof, though, a leak will probably develop. Leaks are extremely damaging to your home. Water damage is typically irreversible. Water can ruin, wood, upholstery, electrical equipment, and various other materials very quickly. Winter leaks are bad because they last a long time, since the snow will be melting on your roof virtually all winter. Plus, roof repair personnel cannot access a roof that is covered in snow and ice, so you may have to wait months for repairs.