From trimming back trees to cleaning out gutters, there are a few roof maintenance tasks you should be thinking about as we head into fall. By taking the necessary precautions now, you can prevent costly problems from developing down the road.
Inspecting your roof this fall will ensure your property will be able to stand up to the harsh conditions of winter. Here are three key roof maintenance tips.
1. Trim Back Trees
Over the summer, your trees may have grown quite a bit, with many of those branches overhanging your roof. Take this time to trim those branches back so there’s no threat of them falling off and hitting your roof. Falling limbs can cause punctures and tears that can result in leaks. Plus, you are taking away the springboard for many critters, such as squirrels, to make their way onto your roof and into your attic.
In addition, by trimming back vegetation, you are eliminating shady, moist conditions which can cause algae, mold and mildew growth on your roof and siding.
2. Clean Gutters
Next up: your gutters. After the leaves have fallen from the trees this autumn, take the time to scoop out debris from your gutters. Removing this debris will ease up the stress on your gutter system, which may start to strain and pull away from the siding if not cleared of all that heavy, wet debris.
Cleaning your gutters in fall will also ensure proper water flow off the roof and away from your house. Pooling water at the foundation can lead to leaks and erosion. While you’re at it, check the positioning of your downspouts. Make sure they are directing water away from the foundation.
3. Get Your Roof Inspected
Fall is an excellent time to get a roof inspection. Your trusted roofer will be able to check the condition of your roof and all related components, such as flashing, chimney, and gutters. If any areas of concern are detected, they can recommend the best course of action, such as repairs to make before winter hits. This will help ensure your roof will make it through the season unscathed.
Small problems that are neglected now can result in bigger problems come spring, to the tune of many more dollars. Having a professional inspect your roof is a much safer option than attempting it yourself. Stay safe on the ground and let the trained roofers navigate your roof and assess its condition.
By following the above tips, you can ensure your roof is capable of taking on Old Man Winter.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding for Roofing, Siding and Window Replacement
Now’s the time to schedule a roofing inspection with one of our skilled Methuen contractors. To do that, call us today at 800-851-0900. We offer roofing maintenance, repair and replacement, and can make sure your roofing system is in good shape for the approaching winter.