How to Get Your Roof Ready for the Fall

Posted by Roofco October 17, 2018

In the summer, it is common to neglect the importance of keeping up with rooftops. The lure of vacations spent in the sun, paired with unrelenting heat narrows the time that is available. With school now in full bloom, routines become busy and cleaning the roof becomes a low priority upon your to-do list. Like all additional parts of your home, the roof will require routine maintenance and inspection to be certain that it may stand up to the harsh weather in cool months and run at maximum performance to save you headaches and money. Follow these leading 5 steps to assist in preparing and strengthening your roof for autumn and the winter months and keep in mind to exercise safety.

Clean Debris

Being an external part of the home, a roof is exposed to a variety of types of debris and dirt. All throughout the year, it’ll accumulate different amounts and types of debris. The kinds of debris might include grass, seeds, leaves, twigs, and tiny branches from trees. If left on top of your roof in the winter and fall months, the debris will begin to collect moisture and over a period of time, will place your home at risk for the growth of algae and mold, as well as rotting. In order to clean up the debris, use a ladder to climb the roof and utilize an air blower or broom.

Clean Gutters

Typically, leaves accumulate inside gutters which may clog the most critical path for the roof to drain safely. Neglecting to extract leaves inside the gutter before winter and fall months might cause clogs inside the downspouts, which ultimately causes the rainwater to overflow the roof and permit water underneath shingles causing moisture damage. The additional weight from the damp leaves also could cause damage to your gutters by bending them. Take some time to clean the gutters of your roof out as leaves usually adhere more in the crevices and corners.

Check for Air Flow in the Attic

Proper attic ventilation plays a vital part in keeping the roof in top shape. Poor ventilation might shorten the lifespan of your roof as it’s likened to being cooked from the outside and inside. Check the insulation in the attic and add or replace additional insulation if it looks frayed or crumbly. If you notice bald patches, be certain to cover them and install fresh insulation.

Trim Overhanging Branches

If your home has trees nearby or is surrounded by trees, be certain that all branches that overhang the roof be removed. During autumn, the branch leaves might begin to fall off to the roof and will accumulate, causing damage to your gutters, as well as the roof itself.

Get a Professional Inspection

Contact a roofer to inspect the roof for any roofing damage such as frayed, cracked, missing, and curled shingles. They have the right expertise and tools to do the inspection and if needed, replace or repair the roof.

For more information on how to get your roof ready for the fall contact the experienced roofer company Roofco today!