Your roof is the most important part of your home — it protects your family and possessions and keeps everything safe from the elements and outside world. Completing these tasks this fall will help to keep your roof in tip-top shape for the coming winter chill.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year — we recommend spring and fall — keeps them functioning properly and is one of the best ways to protect your home from unnecessary damage. Some of the benefits of cleaning your gutters include:
- Prevents Clogs - Clogged gutters cause water to accumulate near a house's foundation, and gradually, the excessive moisture may damage the foundation, and water could even seep inside the home.
- Eliminates Mold and Fungus - Decaying muck breeds mold and fungus, which can spread to other parts of your roof. After scooping out all the gunk, scrub the insides of the gutters to thoroughly remove grime and mildew.
- Prevents Rot - Excessive moisture from overflowing gutters can damage the wooden boards underneath the shingles, and if the wooden boards become soft, water damage can spread to the ceiling inside the home.
- Keeps Insects and Rodents Away - Neglected gutters provide great hiding places and breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes, bees, and rodents.
Trim Tree Branches
Winter weather can weigh tree branches down and cause them to fall. If branches hang over your roof, they could fall through and damage or destroy your roof and harm your home or family. Trim back overhanging branches to remove this hazard.
Schedule an Inspection
Professional roofers know where to look for weak spots and when something needs repair or replacement. By having one look at your roof each year, you'll know what shape your roof is in and when something needs repair.
Assess the Attic
Your attic is a space trapped directly between indoor and outdoor temperatures. In the middle of a hot summer, when the temperatures are reaching 90 degrees and the temperature inside your home is closer to 75 degrees, condensation forms, and in the worst circumstances, mold is close behind. Check out your attic before the cold winter weather comes to make sure you don't have mold or mildew growing in your home.