Summer is a great time to take care of some roofing issues before the bad weather hits. Whether your roof was just installed or is decades old, following these summer roofing tips will help keep it in good condition and prevent future damage.
- 1 Keep Your Home Protected with These Maintenance Tips for Summer
- 1.1 Check for Leaks on Your Home Roof
- 1.2 Clear Gutters and Downspouts of Debris and Leaves
- 1.3 Trim Trees Around the Roof of the Home
- 1.4 Inspect for Roof Damage on Your Home
- 1.5 Apply Sealant on Cracked Areas
- 1.6 Check for Animals or Signs of Animals on Your Roof or Attic
- 1.7 Inspect the Attic for Roofing Problems
- 1.8 Proper Ventilation is Very Important
- 1.9 Don’t Forget to Insulate
- 1.10 Use a Roof Rake to Remove Leaves from the Roof
- 1.11 Hire a Professional Roofer for Inspections at Least Once Per Year
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Keep Your Home Protected with These Maintenance Tips for Summer
Roofing can be damaged in a variety of ways including hail damage, storm damage, and more especially during summer storms. And if you don’t get your roof repaired by a qualified roofing company and you do have a roof leak it can end up becoming costly and even cause mold damage to your home. This is why roofing maintenance is so important. Here are some roof inspection tips to ensure your roof is ready for the summer weather ahead.
Check for Leaks on Your Home Roof
One of the first things you should do for summer roof maintenance is check for a roof leak. Roof leaks are one of the most common roofing problems. Inspect your roof regularly for any signs of water damage, such as stains on the ceiling or walls. If you find a leak, have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. When you do have a roof leak, many times it can be repaired fairly inexpensively if it was found early. Look for signs of a leak and if your find one, repair it or hire a professional roofer to repair the roof leak for you. Either way, it’s important to get the roof leak repaired quickly.
Look for signs of a roof leak after major storms or wind events in your area. If you think your roof has been damaged in a storm, have it inspected by a professional roofer as soon as possible. Shingles can become damaged over time due to weather exposure and other factors. Inspect your shingles regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as cracked, missing, or curling shingles. Missing shingles can be seen from the ground level most times.
Clear Gutters and Downspouts of Debris and Leaves
Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and damage your roof. Be sure to clean them out regularly, especially after a storm. As water backs up onto the roof it can lead to all sorts of problems such as fascia board damage, and roof decking damage. This is important to do in winter as well, so it’s not just summer roofing tips with this one.
Trim Trees Around the Roof of the Home
Overhanging tree branches can damage your roof, so trim them back regularly. During summer months trees will begin to hang lower because of leaves and growth. Any tree branch that comes in contact with the roof should be trimmed. A tree branch that contacts the roof will scrub away at the roof and cause granule loss on the shingles and scratches on metal roofing. Plus, if there are tree branches over the roof and one breaks it can cause roof damage as well.
Inspect for Roof Damage on Your Home
Look for any missing or damaged shingles, and repair or replace them as needed. Also check the flashing around vents and chimneys to make sure it is in good condition. If you do notice any type of damage on your roof it’s best to get it repaired quickly. Delays when it comes to a roof repair can put your home in jeopardy for water damage if a roof leak does occur.
Apply Sealant on Cracked Areas
Applying a sealant to your roof can help prevent leaks and other damage. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when applying sealant. Areas that should be checked include around skylights, chimneys, and other roof penetrations. Many times the sealant around these items can crack and chip away over time. resealing them with new roof sealant is a great way to prevent the roof leak before it begins.
Check for Animals or Signs of Animals on Your Roof or Attic
Animals can cause damage to your roof, so check regularly for signs of their presence, such as holes or nests. If you find any animals, have them removed and repair any damage they may have caused. During summer months small animals will look for areas to store food which can sometimes become the roof of your home. Not only can this be a problem that can lead to a roof leak but it can also become very noisy when the animals are inside the attic of the home.
Inspect the Attic for Roofing Problems
The condition of your attic can impact the condition of your roof. Look for any signs of water damage, such as leaks or stains, and repair them as soon as possible. Sometimes small leaks can be present but doesn’t leak enough to affect the inside of the home. Look for signs of leaks and saturated insulation or crushed down insulation which is usually a sign of a roof leak.
Proper Ventilation is Very Important
Proper ventilation is essential for preventing roof damage. Make sure your attic is well-ventilated to allow air to circulate properly. Many times boxes and items can become stacked in front of attic vents which can restrict air flow. Animals can also build nests which can also cause restricted air flow in vents. Finally, dust and debris can collect in some of the screens that are used in vents which can start to block them.
Also look for rusting in vents as well which can cause a problem with air flow. Improper ventilation can sometimes cause the entire roof to age prematurely and fail which will need to have roof replacement to fix. Installing a new roof should be done by a roofing contractor that is fully licensed and insured.
Don’t Forget to Insulate
Insulating your attic can help keep the temperature in your home consistent, which can prevent roof damage. It can also help to save on your energy costs and keep your home cooler during those hot summer months.
Use a Roof Rake to Remove Leaves from the Roof
A roof rake can help remove snow and ice from your roof, which can prevent damage. But it can also help to remove debris and leaves which can sometimes build up on the roof. Be sure to use it carefully so you don’t damage the shingles.
Hire a Professional Roofer for Inspections at Least Once Per Year
If you’re not comfortable performing any of the above tasks, or if you need help with a more serious problem, hire a professional roofer to inspect and repair your roof. While many of these roof maintenance tips can be done by a home owner, some are dangerous and should be left to a professional. A professional roofer is more likely to spot problems that can be addressed and repaired at a much lower cost.
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