3 Essential Tips For Preparing Your Roof For Summer
As the spring showers start coming to a close, most of us are beginning to look forward to the upcoming summer. Summer means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for most of us, we tend to think of more time to spend with the family and friends, summer vacations, trips to the pool, and backyard barbecues. What most of us aren't thinking about, however, is the roof on our home. While the winter months might have been rough, most of us tend to think that our roof catches a little bit of a break when the weather starts to warm up, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Summer brings its own set of unique challenges and other difficulties for your home's roof, and if you don't take the time to make sure your roof is prepared, you could wind up facing some serious issues in the coming months. Taking the time now and being proactive with your roof's maintenance needs can save you a great deal of money and headache in the following summer months, and to make the task just a little bit easier, we have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a few of the ones that you can undertake now to start preparing your roof for the upcoming summer months.
Get A Roof Inspection
Making sure to take the time now, before summer gets into full swing, to get up and inspect your roof or to have a professional do so is absolutely essential in keeping your roof in good condition. Your roof tends to take quite a beating during the winter and spring, and if there are any small issues that have managed to slip beneath your notice, they could evolve into more serious issues in the coming summer months. Having a professional get up there and take a look will ensure that you know if any of your shingles are starting to buckle or curl up, or if there are any other problem areas on your roof that need immediate attention so the don't turn into a more serious problem.
Clean Up Outdoor Hazards
Do you have large branches that overhang your house? If so, now is the perfect time to get up there and take them down, or to have a professional do so. Even live branches can get blown around pretty fiercely during a storm, and if any of them, alive or dead, happen to fall on your roof, you could be looking at some serious damage. In addition, dead branches can provide nesting for a number of pests and insects that you don't want anywhere near your home, including termites. Getting rid of these is just an all-around good solution for helping to keep your roof protected this summer.
Clean Your Gutters & Drains
Your gutters are a very important part of your roofing system. They serve to make sure that when it rains, water isn't able to pool on top of your roof, and gets safely channeled down off of your roof and away from the base of your home. When your gutters are clogged with debris, however, this doesn't happen. Water can start to pool on your roof where it can begin to seep down into your attic, causing water damage all throughout your home. Conversely, the added weight of all the debris and water can actually cause your gutters to collapse or tear away from your home, leaving you with a damaged roof in the process. Get into the habit now of getting up there and clearing them of any debris, especially in the wake of a storm, and be on the lookout for any problems that might be developing.