Prepare your roof for fall to avoid unnecessary costs in emergency repairs. It is not difficult to get your home ready for the winter months, it simply requires a bit of forward-thinking!
Assess Seasonal Damage
Spring and summer can wreak havoc on your roof due to heavy wind and rainstorms. Many of us only see our roof up close when we put up lights for Christmas however, it is worth making a trip up there ahead of fall as well. Be sure to inspect your roof and gutters at least twice annually.
Any sort of debris on your roof can cause a lot of issues. Animals can set up a home inside branches or leaves, and water can lead to the spread of moss and mold. Whether it’s debris that is busy composting on your shingles or the discovery of unsealed cracks that will allow the pests in, it’s better to check for potential seasonal damage now and make repairs before those repairs end up costing more.
Clean the Gutters
When the leaves start to fall, it can be tough to keep them out of the gutters. As well as leaves, there might be build-up in your gutters that will only be heightened by falling leaves and lower temperatures. Prevent your gutters from clogging before winter sets in. Clogged gutters can result in water build-up and roof damage which may result in financial stress down the road.
Inspect Your Shingles
Now is a great time to check for shingles missing or any other sorts of roof damage. Fall and Winter bring conditions that can expose any issues with your roof’s integrity, so be sure to assess the overall condition of your roof. Some of the most common shingle issues you are likely to find are: shingles that are completely missing, shingles that are cracked, warped shingles, worn granules as well as blistering! If you notice any of these issues with your roof’s shingles, be sure to replace them as soon as possible! Please be careful when inspecting your roof, stay safe and if in doubt, book a professional inspection with your trusted roofing expert. At Glicks Exteriors we offer Free Estimates and our Exteriors Experts are more than happy to advise you on your roofing needs.
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