If you still think you only need to perform roof maintenance in the winter, it’s probably time to check your roof for damage.
It’s easy to feel relieved once the winter passes. Most roof damage that occurs is due to ice dams in the winter, but did you know that summertime can bring some pretty serious and potentially damaging effects as well?
Make sure you’re staying on top of essential roof maintenance during all seasons with these top 6 summer roof maintenance tips!
In order to assess which areas of your roof need maintenance, you’ll need to do an inspection first! You can do this yourself if you know what to look for, or hire a pro to be sure you’re not missing anything.
First of all, gear up for safety. Make sure you’re wearing grippy shoes and protective clothing in case you fall.
Bring someone with you to hold your ladder and to help in case you fall and need assistance. You should also be sure your ladder is strong and steady, regardless of whether or not you’ve got someone holding it.
Move slowly, and watch your steps!
What to Look For
First, inspect beneath your eaves for loose debris that might have collected there. Whenever you see gunk or leaves, collect it and remove it. These are great nesting grounds for rodents and harmful insects to live, so be watch out!
Next, inspect your roof’s flashing, or metal strips. These are typically found around chimneys, vents, satellite dishes, and skylights. It can loosen up during a harsh rainstorm or hail storm, causing potential leakage.
Finally, check out your shingles. Are any missing? Are any torn, dented, or damaged in any way? A leak is likely to develop beneath broken shingles.
You should also keep an eye out for fungus, as that shows a leak may have already sprung. If you see clumps of moss or debris gathered anywhere, remove it to avoid nesting rodents and fungal growths.
Keep Up with Gutters
Next up: your gutters. Even if you watch them spew rain out during thunderstorms, you should always be checking for clutter to make sure they’re operating as effectively as possible.
Harsh weather can loosen gutters, creating cracks around your house that can lead to leakage and even flooding. Walk around the house and tighten all your gutter’s bolts, realigning them as necessary.
Next, get up in there and clean them out really well. Make sure to clean roof drains and downspouts, too. Get all the sticks, leaves, and other debris out of there that could lead to a roof leak.
Once you feel confident you’ve gotten everything out, test your handiwork by running your hose through the gutter system. Walk around and check for leaks. If you don’t find any, you should be good to go.
If you find leaks that are out of your league to fix, hire a professional to repair or replace them. It’s worth it to spend the money now versus damaged and ineffective gutters creating a more costly roof repair down the road.
Big trees are awesome to have around the property. They create a ton of shade, look gorgeous on the lawn or in the backyard, and bring chirping birds to your home.
They can also be dangerous. It’s essential that you cut limbs that hang over your roof to prevent them possibly breaking and creating big damage. It’s hard to assess tree limb health on your own, so it’s best to just nip the problem in the bud and keep overhanging limbs off of your roof.
Even if the tree seems healthy, harsh summer rains and hailstorms can potentially cause breakage. In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Seal Nesting Hot Spots
If you see open areas in your eaves during your inspection, be sure to repair them in a timely manner to avoid rodents and birds nesting there. Rodents can cause a whole host of problems to both the interior and exterior of your home, including causing roof damage.
Bird droppings tend to be really acidic, which can damage shingles over time. Even if they’re not nesting on top of the roof, they’re sure to be flying overhead on their way in and out of the nest, dropping slow-release bombs on your roof.
Roof rats can literally burrow through your roof, and not to mention they’ll chew your electrical insulation which could potentially start a fire. Squirrels will chew through the roof as well, and raccoons will claw at it, causing massive shingle damage.
It’s best to avoid this roof drama entirely. Keep those critters at bay.
Check for Mold
It’s always a good idea to check your ceiling for mold to be sure you didn’t miss shingle damage during your roof inspection. Grab a ladder and head into the attic to get a closer look.
Do you see any discoloration anywhere on the ceiling? This could be a big black spot, a white spot, or even just an off-tinged area of the wood.
If the mold has gotten really bad, you might even find that water has ripped clean through, leaving a hole in the ceiling. If this is the case, you need to get on your roof repair stat!
Maintain Your Skylight
If you have a skylight in your home, it’s essential to check its metal stripping regularly to be sure it’s not leaking. You should head on up to the roof after every major summer storm your home weathers to be sure no leaks have sprung around the skylight.
Hail storms can often damage glass, too. Since the window is so far away, that crack is often indiscernible. Make sure to give your skylight a good once-over a couple of times each summer to be sure it’s holding up properly.
Home Roof Maintenance is Key
Ready to get your roof maintenance show on the road? Roof replacement is going to set you back at the very least $5,000, so staying up on your repairs is crucial for the longevity of your roof.
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