Fall has officially arrived and a lot of changing weather is waiting for us in the near future.
The fall season usually brings rains, winds, and falling leaves, but it also presents an ideal opportunity to catch up on home maintenance before the cold winter months come.
One of the first things on your priority list should be roof maintenance. Roofs are our first line of defense against the elements and roofing experts recommend annual inspections to make sure our roofs are functioning properly and are ready for anything.
Therefore, make your roof a top priority and prevent all potential issues with these essential fall maintenance tips.
Perform a Visual Inspection
The first step in your fall roof maintenance routine should be a visual inspection of your roofing system. This way you can notice some of the first and most obvious signs of roof damage and any other issues that you should attend to.
However, you should do this inspection with great caution and preferably from the ground. Climbing on the ladder and especially on top of the roof may be dangerous and this part is usually best left to professional roofers.
Some of the alarming signs that you should look out for on the roof include:
- Missing shingles
- Curling or broken shingles
- Cracked flashing around chimneys and vents
- Debris buildup on the roof
- Moss and algae
- Ponding water
- Any tears and punctures
These are all issues that may lead to leaks and other greater damages and it is best to have your roofer deal with them as soon as possible.
Conduct a Home Interior Inspection
Once you are done with the exterior visual inspection of your home and roof, there are certain things to look out for inside your home as well.
Make sure to inspect all your walls and ceilings for darker spots and water stains, as well as for signs of mold and mildew. These are the most obvious indicators of potential roof leaks.
If you notice any, you should call your roofer immediately to determine where the leak is coming from and deal with it before it grows bigger and more dangerous. It is always best to get it done before harsher weather hits, as well.
Pay Special Attention to Your Attic
Another aspect of your home that you should pay attention to is the attic. As it is located right beneath the roof, some of the first signs of trouble will come up in this area.
Just like with the rest of your home, you should check for water stains, mold, and mildew here, as well as make sure there is no wildlife taking up residence there. Check for signs of insects, as well as any other critters.
In addition to that, make sure that your insulation in the attic is intact and that the ventilation is working properly.
In case you don’t have either insulation or ventilation installed, it is highly recommended to install them as they help the warm air to escape outside. They will enable healthy air circulation and prevent moisture from getting trapped and building up inside.
Inspect and Clean Your Gutters
Clogged, loose, detached or broken gutters can all lead to serious water damages both inside and outside your home – from leaks to flooded basements and damaged foundations.
That is why gutters play an integral part in the protection of your home and are an indispensable part of your roofing system.
You should first make sure that all the gutters and downspouts are properly attached to the exterior of your home and that they are not loose or broken.
After that, inspect and clean any debris that has built up in them and make sure there are no larger chunks of debris obstructing the water flow inside the downspouts.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are a simple, yet a very helpful solution for clogged gutters. When installed, these guards will help you fight the debris buildup and prevent larger pieces of debris from falling into the downspouts and obstructing the water flow.
While they are a great preventative measure, it is important to know that gutter guards will not completely prevent debris falling into them. They will reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning but will not completely eliminate it.
You will still need to check them regularly and have a professional inspect them once or twice a year. However, the risks of clogging will reduce significantly.
Trim the Trees Overhanging Your Roof
Tall trees and long branches that hang over your roof are a big potential risk. They can scratch and damage your roof’s surface and even cause cracks and damages to the shingles.
During high winds and storms, entire branches can fall onto your roof, which can lead to great damages and potential leaks.
Apart from that, you will have a much greater amount of debris on your roof and in your gutters due to accumulation of leaves, smaller branches, twigs, and similar things that frequently fall off.
Therefore, a great preventative solution that will keep your roof safer during fall and winter is hiring a professional to trim the trees that are close to your house and the branches that are hanging over your roof.
Have a Pre-Winter Inspection
Fall is the perfect time to call your roofer and have them perform a detailed inspection of your roof. This is also the best maintenance step that you can take.
In addition to some obvious damages and issues that you can catch during your visual inspections, a professional roofing contractor will be able to detect all other smaller and less obvious ones.
Roofers are trained and skilled and they know what to focus on and what to look for on your roof. They will know which parts are potentially in danger of failing and how to get ahead of the problem.
With regular roof inspections, along with preventing more serious issues from developing, you are also extending the life expectancy of your roof.
Carry Out Roof Repairs
Last but not least, you should conduct all needed roof repairs and make sure that all issues that you and your roofer have noticed are dealt with immediately.
The purpose of a roof inspection is to act preventively and nip all existing and potential issues in the bud. Therefore, if there are any repairs needed on your roof, get them done as soon as possible and have a fully functioning roof when the rain or the snow hit.
Your Roof Is Now Ready
If you follow these essential homeowners’ tips and advice, you will have a roof that is in great shape and ready to welcome the harsher weather that is upon us.
For any other questions, as well as for professional and reliable residential roofing services, don’t hesitate to contact South Shore Roofing anytime.