Fall is officially here. With the gorgeous, crisp weather and bright, brilliant foliage comes a lengthy task list of things to attend to (beyond packing up our summer attire and moving our sweaters back into heavy wardrobe rotation). One major consideration for homeowners looking to prepare for autumn is evaluating the condition of their roof and determining if they need roof repairs.
If, like many of us, you don’t give your roof much attention throughout the year, now is the perfect time to start. Five simple steps can help you prevent needing roof repairs and get your home ready for fall and the cold, harsh season we hesitate to call by name, but is just around the corner.
Examine Condition Of Roof (Safely, From The Ground)
Here at The Roofman, we strongly advocate only looking at the condition of your roof with both feet planted on the ground. Leave the roof side climbing to the professionals. There is plenty you can see by just looking up (with or without binoculars as needed). What do you see when looking at your roof? Are all of the shingles uniform? Are shingles missing entirely? Or, do you see cracks, curls, and frays on your roofing components? Any visual compromises can prove a clear indication that you may need roof repair.
Look For Debris
When performing your visual examination, do you notice any debris on your roof? Branches, twigs and dirt, if left unattended, can cause destruction on shingles and other key roofing components. If you do find rubble on your home, contact a professional roofing company to schedule an appointment for them to clean the roof off.
Clean The Gutters
Clogged downspouts can eventually overflow your gutter system, causing deterioration throughout the roofing structure. To prevent this type of damage, always keep your gutter free from obstruction. When cleaning out the gutters in autumn, you may want to wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees before beginning the cleanup process to make it as easy as possible for you.
Check Out The Attic
Many homeowners don’t realize the condition of your attic can have a major impact in the overall performance and integrity of their roofing system. Use autumn as an opportunity to examine the insulation and ventilation of your attic. Poor insulation and ventilation can result in trapped moisture, leaks and even ice dams which can eventually cause the roof to deteriorate.
Look For Leaks
Finally, always examine the interior of your home for signs of any exterior leaks. Have you noticed water stains on your ceiling? Have you noticed other telltale water damage signs? They could be caused by a compromised roofing system and require roof repairs.
Contact The Roofman Now For More Information On Roof Repairs
Still have questions about roof repairs and getting ready for fall? The Roofman can help. Contact our team of roofing contractors today to learn more about our repair and replacement services. We are the perfect resource to get you ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us!