Colder weather is just around the corner, and now is a great time to make plans to prepare your roof for fall. You don’t want to make the mistake of waiting until damage has occurred to start thinking about it. We want to share some steps you can take right now that will prepare your roof for those colder months ahead. This will reduce your risk of experiencing major roofing issues while extending the life of your roof.
3 Steps To Prepare Your Roof
- As leaves collect on your roof during the fall, they will clog your rain gutters. This, in turn, will allow water to overflow, since it has nowhere else to go. That water will damage your roof, siding, and trim. The added weight of backed-up water can also compromise the structural integrity of your roof and gutters. It is vital that you take the necessary steps to ensure that your gutters are clear of debris. Installing gutter guards or screens can prevent clogged gutters, too, and now would be a great time to take care of that project. Cleaning all debris off of the roof itself will also help to maintain a structurally-sound roofing system. Summer storms and winds will throw branches, sticks, and other debris onto your roof. Getting rid of that debris will ensure optimal water flow and proper drainage.
- Perform a visual inspection of your roof, checking for any missing, cracked, or damaged shingles, in advance of fall weather. Repair any areas prone to leaking now before wet conditions begin to prevail. Don’t neglect to check for leaks and moisture buildup in your attic during your inspection. You can always engage a professional construction company for help here.
- Ensure that your insulation is intact to make sure that all spaces can be kept warm during lower temperatures. Heat escaping from your building can melt and refreeze that autumn frost and ice, causing ice dams that will compromise your roof’s integrity. You will want to check all pipes, vents, chimneys, and light fixtures to make sure they are well-insulated, too.
Contact Ascension General Contractors to get your home/business ready for colder weather.