First of all congratulations for looking into preventative fall roof maintenance, I know it may not be the most exciting thing to do with your free time, but if you don’t take care of your roof in the fall, this winter could be an unpleasant one! Here is a quick and easy list of what you need to do to make sure your roof is ready for winter.
1. Seasonal Fall Roof Maintenance, Protect Your Home From Trees
The first thing to do when it comes to fall roof maintenance is to make sure that no tree branch is within fifty feet of your home. Trees and houses are not friends! If a tree and its limbs are even close to touching your roof, you are asking for trouble. We’re talking insects, critters, even damage to your roof; keep tree limbs away from your home!
2. Inspect Your Roof and Flashings When Conducting Fall Roof Maintenance
Get up on your roof, safely and with the correct personal protective equipment, look for cracks. Pay close attention to where your roof meets your chimney or any other rising or falling parts of your roof. These areas will not be covered with regular roof material but rather a smooth metal called flashings. Make sure there are no wrinkles in the flashings as they can eventually become cracks which lead to leaks.
Even though you could climb up on your roof and play fix it man or woman, you probably want to get a trusted professional in there at some point. Just to make sure you did not miss something that is an issue. Sure it’s fun to do it yourself, but when it comes to your roof, you may want to be a little less adventurous.
3. Your Fall Roof Maintenance Should Include Cleaning Your Gutters
Clean your gutters; it is a good idea to go into winter with clean gutters. As the snow melts and runs off your roof, it follows the same path as rain, and therefore you want to bring as much of it off and away from your home as possible while it’s melting. The usual course of snow is that it melts when it warms up during the day and freezes up again as it cools down at night. If your gutters are not squeaky clean, the snowmelt will build up in there and drip over the sides; this will create icicles. These icicles are pretty to look at but present a major risk for tearing your gutters off your roof and even worse, falling and hurting someone.
Fall roof maintenance can help you catch problems while they are still small and can save you a lot of money and aggravation in the future. Call Secure Restoration if you are in need of a roof inspection in Asheville, and Hendersonville, NC.