Preparing your Roof for Fall

As the seasons change, roofs are prone to weather induced damages and therefore needs regular checking and maintenance.

Summer just left and fall is right at the doorstep. Just like  how the seasons change, homes should also adapt to the incoming or outgoing weather.

Among the most battered part of the house during the season change is the roof, so here are some tips and tricks to prepare your roof this coming fall.

First off, clean debris from off and around your roof. Check for overhanging branches. If there are any, best to trim them down by at least six feet away from the roof. This way, the roof is sure to be clear of sap when spring arrives.

Once the trees are trimmed, haul debris that has settled on the roof. If these items are left unattended, water can get stuck and eventually  cause draining problems. Draining problems is the start of even bigger problems like mosquitoes, fungus build up, or even mildew. 

Eaves troughs should also be given enough attention.  Fallen leaves, twigs, or grime can clog the gutter which is never a good scenario for the roof.

After a tiresome day of cleaning, you have to climb back up to check if there are broken shingles, accumulated materials in the gutter, or damaged flashing. While there are DIY’s on the net, it is still best to contact experts to handle such tasks-especially the replacement of the shingles.

Aside from the body of the roof, the edges also need to be assessed for damages or signs of wear and tear. Among the things to look for are the soffit, fascia, and fasteners. Soffits when left unattended can cause accidents to homeowners, it can fall off anytime should the damaged area be left neglected. Roof fascia should be cleaned at all times since it is visible to the naked eye, a clean fascia is always a satisfying sight. Meanwhile, fasteners are critical components to a roof. A compromised fastener can cause an entire roof if left unattended. Here are the top seven issues to watch out for on your edges: faded, peeling or bubbling paint, loose or worn fasteners, visible rust, and missing or cracked sealant.

While the roof is an external portion of the house, there is one room that greatly affects the health of this component- the attic. Inside the attic, things like insulation, fans, vents, and staining will be visible.  If an issue arises from these areas, chances are, the roof is in jeopardy. 

Insulation should have a uniform appearance for easier checking of irregularity. On the other hand, fans and vents should be quiet or should create a tolerable noise when being operated. Next to look out for is staining, this proof usually indicates that there is a leakage somewhere on the roof or a hole is forming from the outside. 

While summer is not the time for animals to borrow your attic, remember to check for rodents that may have rented your room while you are not minding the area. Before sealing the room, ensure that no animal is left or suffer the consequences.

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