With the onset of the fall season, the harsh weather conditions of winter are right around the corner. This is an important time to focus on your roof maintenance (as well as full exterior fall maintenance) because it protects your home from the strong winds, rain, and falling leaves in autumn and the heavy winter ice and snow. If your roof is damaged and in need of repair, now is the time to get it taken care of. In order to ensure that your roof has the longest lifespan possible, check out these roof maintenance tips for fall.
Visual Inspection of Your Roof
The first step to roof maintenance is a visual inspection of your roofing particulars. This inspection should be done by professionals who can climb onto your roof and check for missing or damaged shingles, cracked flashing around chimneys and vents, debris, and signs of warping on the roof. Call the Omaha area roofing experts at HomeWise Roofing and Exteriors to check your roof for any visual deterioration this fall. Once the exterior inspection is completed, you need to check the interior of your home for any signs of paint peeling and mold build-up. You should also check your attic for mold and keep an eye open for insects breeding in your attic. Make sure your attic is well insulated and ventilated to protect your home from nature’s fury.
Trim Back Your Trees
As the leaves begin to fall around your home, you will see branches on your trees that are getting a little too close to your home. Overhanging trees can be a source of problems– they can damage the roof and cause shingles to crack and deteriorate. Trim those back now so they do not put your roof in later. If you can do this early on in the fall, you can also minimize the leaves that clog your guttering system.
Clean Your Gutters
Clean gutters ensure that water can flow properly off your roofline. Check for loose, broken, or detached gutters that could allow water into the house. Keep your gutters clean from accumulated debris; Any gutters which are detached or broken need instant repair. Clogged gutters will splash water back onto the roof, which can lead to cracking, mold, and other damage later on. Clean out your gutters before the fall leaves start to rain down and keep an eye on them throughout the season.
Install Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are not only extremely affordable, but they will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning out your gutters. These simple caps go over your gutters to prevent leaves from falling inside. Water is still able to get through thanks to small holes in the caps, but large debris will simply dry up and blow away. You won’t have much cleaning to do at all after that.
Invest in Roof Repairs
If your roof inspector indicates that you need repair work on a certain part of your roof, make sure you take care of that now before it’s too late. Small problems in the fall can turn into huge problems in the winter, so it’s always best to enter the cold season with a strong, sturdy roof. If you maintain your roof properly throughout the year, you won’t have to worry about excessive repair costs. Our professionals have provided roof repair and maintenance services for all types of residential roofing, and we have the experience to identify any damage or potential issues.
As you get ready to handle another Nebraska winter, do not forget to follow these roof maintenance tips to ensure that your home will be protected from the winter weather. If you need a professional Omaha roofing contractor, contact HomeWise Roofing and Exteriors. We provide a range of residential roofing services, including roof inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement for homes in the Omaha area.