Preparing Your Roof for Summer

Preparing Your Roof for Summer

Preparing your roof for summer isn’t difficult. In fact, the more you get used to this basic home maintenance, the longer your roof will last and the longer it will protect your house. The biggest threat to your home’s roof is water and moisture; that, and any entry points for rodents, insects and the elements.

Inspection
Your first step, therefore, is to inspect your roof for any kind of damage, particularly when coming out of winter, and this will include checking for missing or raised shingles and tiles. Broken or raised tiles should be replaced or fastened back into place. Any protruding nails also need to be fixed.

Remove Hazards
When you’re inspecting your roof, consider removing any structure that isn’t needed or that can pose a hazard. Old antennas are one example of something that should be taken down. Other risks to your home include overhanging branches, because those branches can provide access for raccoons and other pests. As well, twigs, branches and leaves that fall on the roof can cause damage. All that debris from the trees can also clog your gutters and drains. So be sure to have branches removed if there’s any that overhang, or even if they’re close to the property.

Check Gutters and Drains
You should also get into the habit of checking and cleaning gutters and drains. Water and any kind of debris and residue must be able to drain off and away from the property. Leaves and dirt are common things that can back up the drains. Even if you aren’t in an area with foliage, different types of debris can find its way to your roof via the wind.

Check for Leaks
Summer is a good time to check for any indication of moisture or water entry. Leaks will only get worse over time, and that moisture can damage your property. Furthermore, this is also a good time to ensure your attic has proper insulation and ventilation. This is something that an expert roofing company can investigate properly.

One final note: the increasing severity of our weather patterns requires that you ensure your roof is always in good shape, which is something that should be checked in the spring and early fall. High winds and rains can do a lot of damage. The UV rays from direct sunlight and heat can also lead to damage over time. If you’re uncertain about the overall condition of your roof, have a qualified roofing contractor evaluate it and make any required repairs.