Quarterly Roof Checks Can Save You Time, Frustration and Money

Just as we set New Year’s resolutions to accomplish specific goals, we should update our calendar with reminders to perform quarterly maintenance of our roof.  Being vigilant and maintaining your roof throughout the year will increase the life of your roof, as well as save you money down the road.  No one likes surprises!   

Spring

In the spring, you will want to do a visual check of your roof for loose or missing shingles.  You don’t necessarily need to climb on your roof, but can use a set of binoculars for a visual inspection.  You can certainly replace any missing shingles yourself, but we suggest giving us a call to make sure they are properly installed and sealed.

Heavy snow falls can contribute to loose or leaky gutters.  You will want to have them replaced or fixed as soon as possible if you notice any issues.  Not doing so can cause drainage issues, such as water pooling in your crawl spaces or basement.  You will also want to make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris.

Summer

Inspect nearby trees or large shrubs to make sure that they are not leaning on your roof.  They can create excess debris in your gutters, allowing for water to back up during large downfalls of rain. Cutting them back before the winter comes will also reduce the possibility of tree limbs creating damage on roofs and/or gutters due to a build-up of heavy ice or snow.

Summers can also be brutal on shingles.  Before the end of summer, you will want to do a visual check of your roof again to determine if there are any shingles that have popped up.  Loose shingles can allow water in to the sub roof, in turn creating water damage within your house.

Fall

Leaves and other debris quickly clog gutters and downpours during the fall months.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain your gutters to reduce your risk of water improperly draining near your foundation or creating other issues with your roof. 

Winter

Most winters we see ice, snow and heavy wind.  Each of these elements can create unique issues with your roof.

It is important to have a professional inspect your roof prior to the winter for potential issues that could create ice dams.  An ice dam can happen when heat escaping your home melts and refreezes the ice or snow, which causes the ice dams.  These dams then block off your drains and allow water and ice to continually build up on your roof, which then can possibly build up underneath your roof.  Ice dams can weaken the roof and create major issues. Insulating your attic and making sure the attic is properly ventilated will help decrease the chance of ice dams occurring.

And if you didn’t take care of pruning back your tree limbs earlier in the year, take the time to do it before the first winter storm.  Broken limbs and shrubbery due to ice, wind or snow can create all types of damage.  Spending a few hours in advance or hiring a landscaper can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

In the end, spending a few hours a year to conduct visual checks of your roof and maintaining clean gutters can save you frustration, time and costly repair bills.

Please call us if you have any questions or would like us to perform a visual check of your roof.  As always, we provide free estimates.

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