Fixing Your Roof For The Winter

Written by Michael Foote, founder of Quote Goat, has over 13 years experience working in the finance, insurance and currency sectors.

Now that winter is upon us, the weather will start getting much more unpredictable and we will see a marked change in the landscape around us. During the winter, we want to be able to make our home a secure and cosy place to escape to after a day out in the cold. And the roof is one of the most important barriers we have against the elements. Be smart this winter and take the steps to make repairs to your roof to stop the cold and damp entering your home.

Before you start thinking about carrying out work on the roof, you must first figure out how much work the roof needs doing to it. This will determine whether you do the work yourself or get someone professional to do it for you. If your roof is highly damaged, you may need to hire a platform and hire someone who has undertaken IPAF training courses to really get a good look at the situation and work on the roof without damaging it any further.


The first step to repairing your roof is to clean the area and get rid of any debris which may be in the way. Once you’ve cleared the area and prepared it for work, you can lay down your base. This is known as sheathing, and comprises of a layer of plywood which will cover the entire roof. The trick to getting a stable roof is to measure the section you need to cover with sheathing and then use small pieces to almost build the layer like you would a brick wall. Staggering the sheathing like this will make your roof much more structurally sound than just using one huge piece to cover the entire roof area. Be careful and take your time doing this, because the base that you build now will determine the ultimate strength and quality of your roof.

Lay Felt Paper

The next layer you’ll need to add is felt. Again, you will be using small layers and building from the bottom up, staggering the layers over each other to provide a secure and sound layer on the roof. Each felt strip you use will have a tar strip on the top, make sure that it is this part of the felt which you nail to your roof, as it will make your roof much more sturdy and provide a solid base for the shingles you’ll be laying on top.


When you are installing shingles, you must make sure that the nails you use are securely embedded into the sheathing. This is because in the summer, as the weather becomes warmer your shingles will expand, and this can cause the nails to be pulled out of the sheathing and fall out. So always make sure to tighten the nails as much as physically possible to avoid this happening.

As your roof is sloped, when you are layering the shingles you want to go from the bottom to the top. This will ensure that any rainfall drips down into the guttering and doesn’t worm its way you’re your roof.