As the summer heat starts to wane, you need to consider how to prepare your roof for fall. The changing of the seasons may bring about pretty colors and amazing weather, but it also means fallings leaves and changing temperatures. Those leaves can be a problem for your roof and cooler temperature could mean more moisture. To make sure your roof is prepared for fall and the winter that is to follow, there are some simple precautions you can take.
Here are five important steps to take to prepare your roof for fall.
The first and easiest way to prepare your roof for fall is simply by cleaning it. As one of the major exterior parts of your house, your roof is the most likely place for debris to collect. Through the year, different types of debris can find its way onto your roof. These include, leaves, branches, dirt, and even seeds. The general design of most roofs make it easy for these kinds of debris to build up. During the fall, leaves and pine needles can accumulate on your roof and can trap in moisture over time. If your roof is not cleaned, it could eventual be susceptible to mold and potential rotting. Leaves and branches can be cleaned easily with a broom or a blower. Use proper safety precautions when climbing onto your roof.
Falling leaves can build up on your roof, but one of the biggest problems with leaves is the trouble they cause with your gutters. Leaves can accumulate in your gutters, causing them to become clogged. Clogged gutters prevent your roof from draining safely and can result in excess water remaining on your roof. When water backs up on your roof it can get under the shingles and cause even more damage. It’s also important to note that your gutters are not designed to hold all the extra weight from the leaves and can cause them to bend. Clear them out now before they are in need of replacement. Use a ladder to climb up and clear out your gutters to prepare your roof for fall.
Your roof needs to have proper ventilation to stay healthy and to last. His has a lot to do with the ventilation in the attic of your home. When airflow is restricted in your attic, it puts a strain on your roof by exposing it to unnecessary heat. Check your attic or have a professional look at it to ensure proper ventilation before the weather starts changing. Also check for any insulation issues. Replace your insulation of is looks old and add extra insulation if you notice empty patches.
Another important way to prepare your roof for fall is by taking stock of the trees nearby your house. If your house has lots of tree coverage or is around lots of trees, check to makes sure that no branches are hanging over your roof. When fall comes and begins to transition into winter, leaves will fall from the branches and accumulate on your roof and in your gutters. These branches also pose a potential threat in the event of a major storm. Falling branches can cause sever damage to your roof. Keep those branches trimmed back to avoid disaster.
If your roof looks damaged or just worn out, have a roofing professional inspect your roof right away. Sometimes small issues likes missing shingles can be a sign of a much larger problem. A professional can tell you if your roof is in need of repairs or if you need a new roof altogether. Before fall comes in full swing, make sure your roof is inspected and any needed repairs are done.
At Woodforest Roofing, we understand how the Texas seasons can affect your roof. You need to prepare your roof for fall now before any problems arise later. If your roof looks like it needs some professional attention, then give us a call today. We’ll inspect your roof for free and let you know exactly what you need to do to get your roof up to par. Contact us today for your free inspection.