Falling leaves, rain and wind, swinging temperature changes, weather this time of year can really test your roofs limits. While your roof is designed to withstand most weather it’s not something you can “set and forget”.
Material and installation quality are major factors in how well a roof performs, but after the installation, it falls to the homeowner to ensure proper maintenance is performed all year round with professional inspections at least once a year.
The consequences of neglecting roof maintenance can be severe, even with light rains, as water pools, leaks form and are allowed to run rampant.
Whether you do it yourself, or hire someone to do it for you, keeping up with roof maintenance is critical to ensure your roof can withstand almost anything mother nature can throw at it with minimal damage.
It’s not rocket science, with these 4 tips, you can keep your roof in shape for what’s to come and it’s entire life:
1) Keep those gutters clean
With all the leaves falling this should be your first concern as accumulated leaves can clog your gutters allowing rainwater to collect and backup through your shingles causing major damage including roof rot and mold.
2) Trim any overhanging limbs from trees
To help keep your roof clean of debris, attack it at the source. Fall is a great time to trim those branches while the weather is cool and storms are infrequent.
3) Inspecting your roof
Getting up onto the roof without proper equipment can be a dangerous endeavor so we don’t recommend it for most homeowners. You can check out as much as you can from the ground, but we recommend a professional roof contractor for anything that requires going onto the roof itself.
If you do want to check yourself, shingles are your first line of defense against inclement weather. Look for missing, damage, or curled shingles and have any problem shingles replaced as soon as possible. Look for any signs of damage, once you have the roof cleaned of debris look at your roof for any signs of obvious damage. Catching a small problem early can save you tons of money in repairs later on.
4) Have your roof professionally inspected and/or maintained
If you aren’t inclined to getting up on the roof and doing your own inspection and maintenance, do your self a favor and call a professional (such as Atlanta Roofing Specialists) to inspect your roof and make any recommendations to ensure your roof is adequately prepared for the fall season!
In Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Roofing Specialists can help you with a maintenance plan and any problems you may come across. Call 770-419-2222 for a free estimate today!