Your roof is the most effective thing shielding you from the random things falling from the sky above you, whether that is branches, acorns or hail. Your roof takes a beating for you almost every day and endures the challenges presented with each season. The best thing you can do to keep it in in good shape is to take preventative steps to stop problems before they arise. Following are some tips for each season to expand your roof life.
During the winter…
- Prepare your roof for the weather
This step will be much similar to the fall maintenance. With potential snow and freezing weather coming quickly, you’ll want to make sure the gutters are cleaned out and the roof is free from debris. If you have an attic, make sure it is properly ventilated and insulated, since conflicting temperatures can cause condensation and damage your roof.
- keep excessive snow off of your roof
The weight and moisture from heavy snow can cause leaks and will rapidly age your roof. Only remove the top few inches of snow to avoid causing any damage. This will allow the remaining snow to melt more quickly and will prevent ice dams.
- remove ice dams
Ice dams are cause by heat escaping through your roof. This heat will start to melt the snow until it reaches the cold edge and refreezes. This will develop into the pretty icicles that form along the ridge. Unfortunately, these ice dams can cause serious damage by preventing melting snow from draining.
During the Spring…
- make sure the snow is able to melt and drain properly from your roof
As the sun comes out, it is important to clear any ice or debris that might prevent the melting snow from properly draining. This will prevent leaks or other damages to your roof and walls.
- inspect your roof for any sloping or visible damages
Though it may not be safe for you to climb up onto your roof, you can make a quick inspection by walking around your house and watching out for sloping or curling shingles.
- prepare your roof for the coming heat
This may sound repetitive, but it is extremely important for the life span of your roof to keep your attic properly ventilated and insulated. A stuffy attic can essentially fry your shingles.
During the Summer…
- have your roof professionally inspected and arrange for any necessary repairs
The warm months of summer are the best months to inspect and repair your roof. Clear skies allow professional roofers to spot any damaged or aging spots. For a shingled roof, it is necessary to make repairs during the heat of summer for the sealant to bond properly. However, if you have a metal roof, you can also replace or repair it during colder months.
During the Fall…
- clean off debris
Autumn is the season of debris. Leaves, acorns, twigs—all of these things and maybe more will find their way onto your roof. Roof debris mixed with rain and wind can cause serious damage and encourage small animals to nest.
- clean out your gutters
Along with removing debris from your roof, make sure your gutters are cleared out. Clogged gutters will prevent rain from draining properly and will cause water damage.