With school in the process of starting back up and temperatures becoming a bit milder, summer is beginning to come to a close, and that means that fall is right around the corner. Before we know it, the leaves are going to start changing and coming down on top of our homes, but before that happens, it is important to ensure that you’ve given your roof the care and preparation it needs to make it through the coming season without issue. To help you in that task, our team of skilled roofers at Fine Line Improvements have taken the time to put together this short list highlighting a few things you can do now to prepare your roof for the fall. Armed with these fall prep tips, you can give your roof everything it needs to make it through the last half of the year without incident.
While a great deal of the leaves and other organic debris that finds its way onto your roof will eventually end up in your gutters, it is important to make sure that the debris that doesn’t is removed from your roof before more can pile on top of it this fall. Even fairly small collections of organic debris can retain moisture, leading to mold and mildew growth, and when these growths start to spread to your roof, they can actually cause a great deal of damage to your shingles and roof surface as a whole over time. Take the time now, before fall begins in earnest, to get up on your roof, or to have a professional do so, and remove any of that lingering debris from the summer.
Your gutters are an incredibly important component of your roof overall, helping to direct water down off of your roof and safely away from your home’s foundation. When your gutters become clogged with leaves and other debris, however, it can cause water to start pooling on your roof where it can start to seep under your shingles, or to come cascading off of your roof where it will begin to erode the ground around the edge of your home. Neither of these options are good for your home, and can lead to a number of serious issues if they aren’t dealt with. Before the leaves start to come down and you wind up with a very serious blockage in your gutters, it’s a good idea to break out the ladder and clean your gutters out completely, or to have a professional come in and do so for you. This will help to keep your gutters flowing like they should and avoid any unnecessary issues when it starts to rain.
Due to all of the heat during the summer, it’s not uncommon for roofing materials to swell, crack, or shift a bit as they absorb heat over a period of months, and while this might not be much of any issue during the summer, when your shingles and other materials shrink back down a bit as the weather cools off, it could leave areas of damage that need to be addressed. Getting a professional roofing inspection before fall actually arrives is essential for identifying any areas of damage, and getting a thorough idea of what is going to be required in order to fix them.