Now that summer is officially over, and the children are starting a new school year, it is time to get ready for the fall and winter season. However, it is imperative that you prepare your roof for the inclement weather ahead so that your roofing system is in efficient order when you need it during the cold months.
The following are important steps to take to prepare your roof for fall and winter:
- Clean your gutters – When leaves and debris accumulate in your gutter system, it will eventually develop into a clog in the downspouts, causing rainwater to overflow and damage your roof. In addition, the extra weight of the wet leaves and water could result in your gutters coming loose and collapsing. Once the trees surrounding your home are bare, it's a good idea to have a thorough cleaning of your gutters performed by a professional.
- Remove debris from your roof – Clear off any leaves, pine needles, and other forms of debris from the surface of your roof, since these things can contain moisture and potentially mold or rot, which can harm your roofing material. Call a professional to clean the debris off your roof.
- Look for signs of deterioration or damage – Once your roof is cleaned, check for any shingles that are cracked, curled, have frayed edges, or missing. You can check this out by using a pair of binoculars to inspect, or you can call a roofing professional to come out to give you a full inspection.
- Check attic insulation and ventilation – Having proper venitlation in your attic correlates directly with the life of your roof. Not having enough ventilation in your attic will shorten the life of your roof by many years since it essentially gets cooked from the inside out. A homeowner who wants to have their ventilation professionally evaluated is best served by hiring a reputable roofing company.