Enjoy the Wild Summer Weather With a Well-Maintained Roof Over Your Head
The warm summer weather makes this an ideal season for doing roofing repairs and maintenance. Summer weather can also be hard on your roof, with the extreme heat, humidity, torrential downpours, and wild and windy storms. So on a nice sunny day, go out and take care of your roof so you won’t have to worry about it during heavy rains and thunderstorms. Stay ahead of the wild weather this summer by making necessary roofing repairs and following these maintenance tips.
Do a Visual Inspection
You can safely inspect your roof from the ground, using binoculars if needed. Look for any damage to your roof, missing or broken shingles, debris, and moss or fungus growth. Also, be sure to inspect the flashing on your roof—that is the metal strips that are around chimneys, vents, skylights, and any other parts on the roof that are sticking out.
If you want to do a thorough inspection, you can use a ladder or get the help of roofing professionals to do the work for you. If there is any damage to your roof, make sure to get the necessary roofing repairs completed as soon as possible to avoid further damage, such as water damage to your home from leaks in the roof.
Look Under the Eaves
Debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt may have built up under the eaves during the winter and spring. It is important to clean this area out, however, proceed with caution because this is a popular spot for nests—especially wasps nests.
Inspect the Gutters
Make sure your gutters are sturdy and in good condition. Gutters can loosen over time from heavy rains and winds, winter and summer storms, and the weight of ice and snow, so it is important to tighten the bolts when this happens. Since gutters are in place to direct water away from your home, they should be in their proper position and should be cleaned of any debris so they can work efficiently. Wear gloves to pull out debris from the gutters, and run water through the gutters with a hose to thoroughly clean them.
Once the necessary maintenance and roofing repairs are completed, keep an eye on your roof occasionally throughout the summer—especially after big storms. A well-maintained roof will keep you and your home protected from the extreme summer weather and throughout the rest of the year.