As summer slowly comes to an end and the blazing hot sun is in full gear. Many homeowners are engaging in as many outdoor activities as they can. Like going to the beach, relaxing on their back patio, or grabbing some propane to spark the grill. Hardly anyone is thinking about climbing up a ladder to check in on their roof. During the winter months, the roof has protected you from cold and wet temperatures and now it’s time to for a little roof pampering.
A majority of homeowners believe Fall is the best time to call their local Roofing Contractor to take care of the roof, but roof maintenance is a year-round activity. Summertime is the best time to start as any. Summer brings a bit of challenging weather conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, torrential rain, thunderstorms, and heavy winds.
Taking time to perform a quick evaluation assures your roof can withstand summer heat and storms, is in good operating condition, and maintaining the structural integrity of your home. Just like any other part of the house, the roof requires regular maintenance to keep it functional. Though in theory, you can inspect your shingles from the ground with a pair of binoculars, maintenance should be up close and personal. Please do not hesitate to contact your local roofing contractor. Should you require a local roofing company, Infinite Roofing is here to help!
Should you decide to tackle this by yourself, please be sure you are following the safety tips listed:
- Always use proper safety equipment such as a sturdy ladder, a hard hat, eye and face protection, and a harness.
- It would not hurt to bring another person along as a precaution.
- Be sure you are aware of where you are stepping to avoid an unwanted accident and/or roof damage.
To get you started, here are few roof maintenance tips to help this summer:
1. Gutters and downspouts cleaning. Water always finds its way, so clearing any debris that could potentially clog gutters and downspouts is essential to roof maintenance. Preventing water from flowing to places where it shouldn’t prevent damage to substructures beneath the shingles and under the foundation
2. Trim away overhanging branches. Tree branches that hang over the roof offer a highway to heaven–or a warm, dry home– for small birds, squirrels, and other rodents you may not want living in your home. Tree limbs and branches are a common cause of roof damage but can be easily prevented by trimming away any large tree branches that could snap due to the wind, heavy ice or snow or even disease and decay. During the warmer months, you will notice more debris on the roof from leaves and dust from small branches and pine needles. Prompt bris removal is critical for a long-lasting roofing system.
3. Moss Removal. While trees may provide shade when you want to relax out front on a hot summer day, shade also means added moisture. A roof that does not get much sunlight in the rainy months is also at risk of moss growth. Be sure your local roofing contractor monitors your shingles for signs of moss, mold, or mildew growth and remove it immediately if spotted. Some moss killers may cause discoloration and/or damage roofing materials. Roofing contractors will guarantee the use of safe chemical moss killers.
4. Replacing damaged and/or missing shingles. Most roofing contractors agree that a roof can last between 15-20 years. It also depends on if the old roof was removed and there is only one layer of shingles, and if it’s ventilated properly. Keep in mind, if a roofing contractor has installed a roof over an existing layer or several layers, and it is older than 15 years, chances are you’ll most likely need a new roof. Shingles that are buckling or curled are another sign that you may need a new roof.
5. Repair broken flashing and damaged seals. Sealing and flashing are essential components in your home’s battle against moisture. If there is any penetration through the roof, there is the probability that the flashing and seal directing water away from the hole will fail. Check roof penetrations and repair leaks immediately to prevent further damage. Your local roofing contractor can help you determine the state of your flashing and sealing and can advise you as to whether or not repair or replacement is needed.
6. Blocking animals from entering the home. Four-legged pests such as rats, raccoons, and squirrels will gladly accept an invitation to move into your attic, ruin insulation with urine and feces and/or chew through electrical cords and cables. Use an industrial cloth or any other means to block access through roof vents and other openings.
To Sum It Up!
End of maintenance can be a bit intimidating, especially for new homeowners so if you’re unsure of what to do or just don’t have the time to inspect your roof yourself, make arrangements for your local roofing contractor. They can help you spot problems before they develop into costly repairs!