Roofing Do’s and Don’t’s

From record drought to epic downpours, California weather has homeowner’s worried

As a Californian you’re probably not surprised by the record breaking rainfall we’ve been experiencing as a state this winter, given the record-setting summer we just had the extreme weather is almost expected at this point for the Golden State. What you might not know however, is that your roof could be in danger of experiencing severe damage as a result of the recent weather patterns, especially cracks, leaks, and shingle damage.

Believe it or not, there are also scams from fake contractors that you need to be on the lookout for in addition to the run of the mill roofing problems that you might face this winter season. Below are a few of the do’s and don’ts of roofing that will help all you California homeowners make it through this winter season, safe and dry!

  • Do not do DIY repairs for leaks: While it may at first be tempting to consider a do-it- yourself repair with what appears to be just a small leak in your roof, it is always best to hire a trained roofer for a situation like this especially since the process of repairing a roof leak involves lifting up and inspecting the shingles surrounding the damaged area, a task that best calls for a professional if you want to avoid any potential long-term damage.
  • Do watch out for roofing scams: As previously mentioned, there are scammers who will come to your door posing as roofing contractors. They scam you out of your money by tricking you into giving them money before they perform any work, so never do business with someone who just walks up to your door without researching them first.
  • Do not clean your roof with a pressure washer: Many homeowners may feel the urge to clean the grime and dirt off their asphalt shingles with a pressure washer, and the problem with pressure-washing asphalt roofing shingles, one of the most common roofing materials, is that the granules protecting the shingles will be blasted away leaving your roof vulnerable to damage and leaks.
  • Do clean your gutters and downspouts during dry weather as necessary: A clogged gutter system could result in shingle damage and eventual roof leaks if not taken care of in time, and regularly cleaning out the gutters of all the accumulated leaves and debris can be of the best ways you can help prevent this from happening. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this project yourself, your local professional roofing company will be happy to assist you.
  • Do not forget to check your attic for signs of roof leaks!: It’s not uncommon for homeowners to forget to check their attics during the winter time, or simply not know that they were supposed to do that. Checking the attic for signs of roof leaks is incredibly important because if water penetrated your roof and already made it into your attic, then you must call a professional roofer as soon as possible.
  • Do have the trees around your roof trimmed: Close hanging branches can be a problem for your roof in a variety of ways, from causing gutter clogs with leaves and twigs, to falling on the shingles and causing damage, it’s always a smart idea to have any trees hanging close to your roof regularly trimmed.

Above all, just remember to schedule your annual roof maintenance appointment when your local roofer to keep your roof in top shape for all weather patterns this year!

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