The seasons are changing, and with the cooling temperature and colorful leaves, so too do our routines. Fall brings with it whispers of winter and thoughts of how to prepare for it. Roof maintenance is crucial, especially this time of year, in order to ensure your roof can handle harsh winter weather. Here are six roof maintenance tips you should know for fall.
Clean Your Gutters
While fall leaves are beautiful, they inevitably fall, and sometimes that’s into your gutters. You want to make sure that you clean out your gutters during the fall and get all those leaves and any other debris that can get in them away. Left alone, these can cause buildup over the winter as it snows and ice hardens, leading to clogged gutters and potential ice dams.
Dirty gutters also pose a risk of mold growth. Mold can impact both your gutters and your health, as mold can cause issues such as eye, skin, and mouth irritation, affect asthma, and more. Mold and debris can make your gutters start to rot, leading to inevitable necessary repairs. Rather than risk needing a repair, keep your gutters clean to prevent the possibility of clogging and mold.
While you should clean out your gutters, that whole process can be made easier by installing gutter guards. As the name implies, they guard your gutters from leaves and other debris that can get in them, keeping them cleaner longer.
Clean Away Debris
It’s not just your gutters where leaves and debris can accumulate, but also your roof. Cleaning that away is an essential part of fall roof maintenance. This is because with the snow, debris can create extra weight on your roof and serve as areas for ice to form, which can damage your roof.
Trim Your Trees
Trimming your trees will help with the amount of debris that ends up on your roof in the first place, making it a key part of roof maintenance in addition to yard maintenance. Trimming any branches that are too close also prevents any future damage that could be caused if a branch cracked during a storm or under the weight of snow and fell on your roof.
Untrimmed trees can also damage your roof in other ways. The branches can scrape your shingles, and also lead animals onto your roof, which could create further issues.
Schedule A Roof Inspection
Scheduling a roof inspection with a professional will ensure that your roof is in good condition for fall and winter. Roof inspections are a crucial part of roof maintenance, and involve looking over your entire roof and roofing systems for anything that might be amiss. Roof inspections are typically recommended twice a year anyway, with how important your roof is to the structure of your home and to your comfort and safety.
The last thing you want in cooler weather is a leaky roof. If your roof needs any repairs, fall is the time to do them before the snow hits. Left alone, any small problems or damage to your roof system can become serious over time and much more costly. It’s best to catch them early. In your roof inspection, the professional will point out any areas that need repair, so you can ensure they’re taken care of.
Need A Roof Maintenance Inspection Or Repairs?
Here at KangaRoof, we provide free roof inspections, and are happy to come out and examine your roof for you. We also can repair and replace roofs, so if we notice anything amiss, we can help you fix it! To schedule an appointment or for any questions about roof maintenance or any of our other roofing services, contact us at KangaRoof today! We’ll hop to it.