Why is fall roof maintenance so important, you ask? There are lots of reasons. But, mainly, it helps you spot and address common roof issues before the harsh winter weather hits.
For instance, after a dry summer, you might not even know that you have roof leaks until the winter storms hit. And, when they do hit, they’ll wreak havoc on your roof if it has unrepaired damage. But with aptly-timed fall maintenance, you’ll notice the leaks early enough to get them repaired before winter.
That’s the other thing. Your local roof repair service can’t perform a permanent patch job or other services during a storm. These should instead be scheduled in the fall.
For these reasons, we want to make sure that your roof gets the fall maintenance it needs. Read on to learn what you need to know about fall roof maintenance.
1. Take a Look at the Interior
Start your inspection from inside the house. Look for any signs of water damage on your ceilings. This includes:
- Dark rings
- Holes that let sunlight through
- Musty smells
Most of all, check your attic for these signs. There, you may even find moisture collecting in the insulation or pooling on the floor. If you notice any of these issues, get your roof repaired by a professional right away.
2. Take a Look at the Exterior
Climb up on a ladder and take a look at the outside of your roof from the edge. Take note of any issues you spot, including:
- Holes, cracks, or similar damage
- Branches, leaves, or other debris
- Damaged or missing shingles
- Damaged chimney or flashing
Look for roofing/flashing debris in the gutters, too.
You may also see roof patches that look unusual. Most likely, these were done improperly and will need to be redone. If you notice this, or any signs of damage, call a roofing repair service.
3. Clear Off Debris and Moss
Debris/moss you find on your roof should be cleared away. These can hold moisture against your roof and cause it to rot, especially if your roof is made of wood. Contact your roof manufacturer for proper instructions for removing moss.
4. Fix Gutter Issues
Dented or clogged gutters can cause rain to pool against your roofing instead of draining properly. This will eventually damage your roof. So, get these problems fixed before winter.
5. Trim Overhanging Branches
Heavy branches hanging over your roof can fall and damage your roof/home. The same is true of large trees by your house that are weak or dying.
This is a dangerous and expensive problem. If you spot these signs, get a certified arborist to take care of them right away.
6. Get a Professional Inspection
Lastly, the best thing you can do for your roof is to get a professional inspection each fall. A qualified, local roofing expert will notice and fix all of your roofing problems.
Follow These Fall Roof Maintenance Tips
Remember this fall roof maintenance guide and follow these tips to keep your roof protected. Also, please share this guide with other homeowners you know so that their roofs won’t be neglected, either.
If you need roofing repair or maintenance services, don’t hesitate to act. Contact Ridgepoint Roofing now for a free quote.