The fall season is the time for you to check to see if there are any roof issues you should have fixed before the winter cold comes blowing through. Without proper assessment and follow-through, damage that goes unnoticed and a roof that remains unprepared for the upcoming harsh winter weather may cost you money down the road.
Clogged gutters, broken or missing shingles, or otherwise compromised roof sections such as flashing can become serious problems for your home. A bit of preventative maintenance is a very good investment. Here are some important tips:
- Don’t wait until the last minute to check for damage and call for repairs. Schedule seasonal inspections and maintenance with your roofing contractor, so you’re always updated on the state your roof.
- Invest in the equipment and the professional help necessary. Roofing is a dangerous job, so it’s best left to a professional. If you do need to DIY, invest in a stable ladder that can support your weight and the right equipment, even for the most minor cleaning and roof care.
- Stay on top of leaf accumulation and falling branches. Trim or cut overhanging trees as branches can gouge and puncture your roof, while the falling leaves can block your gutters or create moisture build up. Clear your roof and gutters at least twice a month during the fall. Even better, install gutter guards to keep your gutters and downspouts clear of any blockage.
- Check your home from indoors as well as from outdoors. Stains, holes and other markings on ceilings, walls, and attics can also clue you in on roof damage and deterioration. Pay particular attention to sagging rafters and roof decking, as this can be a sign of a weakening roof structure that could both be caused and worsened by snow.
Take the time and make an effort this season to assess your roof, so that you can enjoy winter without any roof problems. Find out what you can do to further protect your roof between now and the first winter snowfall in Part 2.