Autumn is the time of year where it is crucial to keep up with roof maintenance to avoid unnecessary damage. Especially homes in heavily wooded areas or subject to falling leaves and other debris. Your roof and gutter system is designed specifically to do this well, it’s one job is to protect your home by ensuring water is routed away from areas where it can do damage and through your gutter system to areas where it will be harmless.
When this flow is interrupted, whether from clogged gutters or debris, the results can be disastrous.
Whether you do it yourself, or hire someone to do it for you, keeping up with roof maintenance is key to ensure your roof stays in shape through the fall and for years to come.
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 roof contractor (such as Atlanta Roofing Specialists) to inspect your roof and make any recommendations to ensure your roof is adequately prepared for the fall season!