Taking adequate care of your roof throughout the entire year can help extend its life, improve its beauty and maintain its durability. Throughout the summer and into the fall, here are five things that you need to do:
1. Take Care of Your Trees
Make sure to trim trees as often as you can so that the branches do not hang over your roof. Regardless of the material that is on your roof, whether it is asphalt shingles or slate tiles, these branches can take away from the overall appearance of your roof and pose a significant threat to its overall integrity. In addition, branches, trees needles, saps and other tree debris can scratch and penetrate your roofing materials. Wet branches and leaves that accumulate on your roof can encourage the development of mould and mildew, which can lead to extensive damage.
2. Don't Forget the Gutters
Your gutters are an important part of your overall roof system, as they ensure there is not water build-up on the roof throughout the year – well, unless they become clogged and begin to overflow. Keep an eye on your gutters to ensure debris hasn't built up, which will lead to overflowing gutters. Overflowing gutters can then create water damage on your roof as well as the inside of your home and could even cause the gutters to detach from your roof.
3. Control Those Unwanted Pests
It only takes a small crack or a single missing shingle for a small rodent or unwanted pest to wedge itself into your home. These pests will make their way into your attic and crawl space through your roof, so it is important that any repairs – no matter how small and not dangerous you think that they are – are made immediately. Attic and soffit vents need to have secure covers, holes need to be filled or patched and chimneys need to have a cap.
4. Replace Damaged Flashing
If you notice any flashing components that have become bent or dislodged due to high winds and extreme weather conditions, you will want to have them replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, you are risking the overall integrity of your roof as well as the interior of your home. Flashing is necessary for minimizing leaks around chimneys, skylights, etc.
5. Inspect the Entire Roof
Your roof is an important part of keeping you and your family safe. Therefore, you need to do what you can to keep it in tip-top shape. Routine inspections are the best way to catch minor issues, such as missing or cracked shingles, before they turn into much larger, much costlier issues. In some cases, minor problems can turn into major problems that require the replacement of the entire roof.
If you're not up for roof inspections and routine outdoor projects Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc and similar companies will be able to keep your roofing and home in great condition.