With (hopefully) milder temperatures around the corner, fall is the perfect time of year to take a closer look at your roof’s condition and address any small issues before becoming big headaches.
Here are five ways you can care for your roof this fall to maintain your home’s comfort and safety all year round.
Clear Away Fallen Leaves
Leaves can trap a surprising amount of water, and you run the risk of your shingles breaking down or rotting if you allow wet leaves to accumulate on your roof.
On a sunny, dry day, climb a sturdy ladder to access your roof. Move the leaves off your roof and onto the ground for disposal with a rake and a plastic shovel.
Trim Strategic Tree Limbs
Tree limbs or branches that overhang your roof can serve as a bridge for pests, damage your shingles through direct contact or cause rotting from trapped moisture. If the limbs are small enough to trim yourself, use a chainsaw or manual saw to cut branches at least a few feet back from your home. If the branches are long or near power lines, you’ll likely need to call in a professional tree-trimming service
Clean the Gutters
Thanks to debris like leaves or dirt, your gutters and downspouts can develop backups that result in slow drainage or standing water. Gather these items to get your gutters and downspouts cleared out and flowing freely.
A strong ladder
Protective rubber work gloves
A handheld scoop
Working in small sections, climb the ladder and carefully remove as much debris as possible with the scoop or your gloved hands. Use the garden hose to flush out any remaining debris, and make sure to examine the caulking on joints for signs of wear or damage.
If climbing a ladder makes you nervous, you can clean gutters safely from the ground, provided you have the right tools. Using a hose extension wand, start on one side of the gutter and work your way across the entire length. Be sure to wear safety goggles — this can be a messy job.
Pay attention to what’s coming out of your downspouts. If you see an excessive amount of granules, that could be a sign that your roof needs to be replaced.
Remove Mold and Moss
The humid air of summer often provides the perfect environment for invasive moss or mildew to take hold on your shingles or in seams around skylights, vents or chimneys. Left untreated, mold or moss can destroy your shingles, give water, and pest an entry point into your home.
Apply a mold-removing product formulated specifically for roofs to the affected surface, and leave the product to sit for the length of time specified on the packaging. Using a broom or brush with soft bristles, use gentle motions to clear away the moldy growth carefully.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection
Even if you work hard to maintain your roof faithfully, there are some issues that only a trained professional can identify and fix. Red flags that your roof needs attention include curling or buckling shingles, missing shingles, granules in the gutter, and failing chimney flashing.
Scheduling a roof inspection this fall gives you enough time to address any issues before cooler weather sets in, and you can also enjoy peace of mind that your roof can stand up to whatever the coming season may bring.
Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to extend your roof’s life and keep your home safe and comfortable. At SEI Roofing, we’re here to help with any questions you may have about your roof’s condition or fall maintenance tasks. To learn more, contact us over the phone at (972) 440-1645.