The hot summer weather is quickly coming to an end and before we know it, fall and winter will be here. And with the cooler weather approaching, homeowners should be sure to take care of any maintenance tasks sooner rather than later. One important task that should be done before cold weather approaches is taking care of the roof. Not only does the roof play an important role in a home’s aesthetics by representing about 40% of the visual exterior of a home, but it keeps the home, and what’s inside, dry and warm. So let’s take a look at a few tips to help ensure your roof is ready for fall weather.
Repair damages: The hot summer sun can do some pretty hefty damages to roofs, especially when it comes to shingles. So if there are any loose, missing, or damaged shingles, now is the time to get them fixed. Roof repairs should always be a priority — failing to make repairs in a timely manner could lead to more damage. Fortunately, hiring a roofing company can ensure any damages are taken care of before roof replacement is needed.
Clear debris: With summer storms, gutters often become clogged with debris. And while cleaning your gutters may be a pain, it’s an important task that needs to be done. If there are any leaves, twigs, or other debris left in the gutters, the clutter can lead to leaks and other serious damages. So when roof repairs are getting scheduled, cleaning debris should always be the next task on the “to-do” list.
Check vulnerable spots: One of the biggest problems with roofs is that damages aren’t always noticeable just by looking at it. So before the roof becomes covered in leaves or snow, it’s important to check the spots that are likely to be damaged. The valleys, which are where the roof lines meet, are the main area that could have some hidden damage. A roofing company can safely and effectively check this area, and other vulnerable spots, to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
While it may be tempting to put off roof repairs and maintenance to enjoy the summer sun a little bit longer, this can lead to serious issues later on. So make sure to keep these tips in mind and get your roof maintenance done right before the fall weather arrives.