Preventative Roof Maintenance in the Fall

fall leaves on a roofAs Fall approaches, leaves will start changing and the air will turn a bit cooler. This is a great time for homeowners to take care of a few preventative roof maintenance items. Here are some helpful tips for easy fall preparation.

Clean and Clear Roof Maintenance

The first thing you want to do is remove any leaves, pine needles, lost summer frisbees, and other debris that may be hanging out on your home’s roof.

In addition, you want to take a look at the landscaping around your home. Cut back any overhanging branches and tree limbs that could potentially damage your roof or siding. It’s also a good idea to pull away any wild vines from the side of your home to prevent them from getting under your siding or compromising other areas of the exterior.

Check for Any Damage to Your Roof

Once you have removed all the debris from your roof, take a good look at the entire surface. You want to pay special attention for any missing, cracked or frayed shingles that need to be replaced. Be sure to check the areas around vent stacks, skylights, chimneys and other openings in the roof for damaged flashing and seals.

Gutter Duty

Don’t forget to check your gutters! Since your gutter system is designed to direct water away from your home, it’s important to make sure that they are also free from dirt and debris. Leaves, sticks and other foreign materials can potentially clog the downspouts around your home causing the water to overflow from the gutters. This can cause damage to your roof, siding and trim. Plus, the added weight of the wet leaves and accumulated water can cause the system to break away from the home or collapse, causing even more damage and costing you more in repairs.

Ventilation and Insulation

Often an overlooked area when it comes to Fall roofing maintenance, the venting and insulation in your attic is an integral part of your roofing system. In order to prevent damage to your roof’s supports, you want to make sure that your roof is properly vented. Without proper venting, your roof could be subject to:

  • moisture damage
  • mold
  • rot
  • ice dams
  • water leaks
  • interior water damage

Making small repairs before Fall and Winter can save you a lot of money in the long run. Plus, after you’ve made an inspection of your roof, you can rest easy knowing that your shelter from the elements is in good condition.

If you need your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced, contact us today to schedule your no cost, no obligation personal consultation with one of our friendly professionals to see how we can help you.

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