Autumn is officially here, bringing relief from summer’s heat, pumpkins on porches, and beautiful red and yellow leaves. However, while those leaves sure are pretty, they can easily clog up your gutters. Don’t wait till the first freeze to pull out the ladder and do some seasonal roof maintenance! Follow these tips to keep your roof performing well for many months to come.
Look For Obvious Problems
Since the weather is cooling off here in North Texas, you may be spending more time outside. Take the opportunity to walk around your house and look for apparent signs of damage. Still haven’t fixed that hail damage from earlier in the year? Do you see rotted fascia board or drooping gutters?
These problems can quickly lead to more serious issues and more expensive repairs. Get them repaired before winter comes! If we get enough snow or ice and it melts slowly on your roof, the melted water can find its way into small cracks and cause a leak. Such a problem can easily sneak up on an unsuspecting homeowner, which is why we recommend seasonal roof maintenance. Plus, no one wants to climb up on a roof in the dead cold of January! The poor weather might even delay certain roof repairs, so get them done now.
Do Some Fall Cleaning
After checking your roof for obvious problems, pull out the ladder and a pair of gloves. If you have trees near your house, it is especially important to clean your roof as needed. We recommend seasonal roof cleaning, mainly in the fall, to clear away fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, and other debris. While these materials won’t necessarily harm your roof, they can easily trap and hold moisture against the shingles. This may lead to mold or fungus growth and other damage. Extend the lifespan of your roof and keep it clean.
Debris can also clog your gutters. Using gloves and a bucket, remove any leaves and other materials from your gutter. If decaying matter is stuck, use a water hose to rinse them clean. Pay special attention to the downspouts and make sure water makes its way from your house properly.
Conduct a Thorough Inspection
If you saw any signs of damage, take the time to thoroughly inspect your roof. Check for cracked, missing, or worn shingles, as well as any leaks. If you would like a certified roofer to come inspect your roof, give Firehouse Roofing a call today at (972) 965-3477! We conduct comprehensive roof inspections in Rockwall, TX and surrounding areas to ensure your safety.