Autumn in an area like Metro Atlanta, with trees everywhere you look, is a beautiful time of year. Where trees changing colors can make even the most mundane locations look almost magical. There are many reasons to love this time of year, weather-wise, and it’s a great time to get your house in order and prepare for the upcoming winter months. The changing leaves may be beautiful to look at but the mess they make when they finally fall not only clutters your yard it can wreak havoc on your roofing system.
Keeping your roof and gutter free from debris is imperative to maintaining a healthy roof. Not only is your roof designed to keep the rain off your head, it is designed to route that rain in a specific way as to prevent water from pooling and causing damage to your home. Water can get into your home in a variety of ways if damage has occurred or if the roof isn’t routing water properly. Even the smallest leaks can grow over time costing homeowners thousands in repairs, of course your home isn’t designed to contain large amounts of water, so keeping it out is a priority.
Keeping your roof and gutters clear of debris is the first line of defense in ensuring your roof is working as intended. Gutters, especially during Autumn, can be a pain to keep clean, but they must be clear in order to prevent water backing up and getting into your house. Gutter covers are an excellent way to combat this problem and keep gutters clear for longer periods of time but even these can be covered by debris that can reduce their effectiveness. A lot of debris on the roof itself can cause routing problems allowing water to pool and cause problems even if the gutters are completely empty.
Prevent debris at it’s source by getting rid of any limbs that may be hanging near your house. If you don’t have time to keep your gutters clear, look into gutter covers, and always clear debris from your roof after storms. If you can’t do this yourself, hire someone, and if your roof and gutters haven’t been cleaned for a long time, get an inspection to take care of any damage that may have occurred.
An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure they say, and it’s true, especially when it comes to your roof.