Keep your roof intact this summer with these roofing maintenance tips
Summer weather in Wakefield is unpredictable. It can be scorching hot one day, and then the temperature will dip once a strong thunderstorm passes through. The extreme heat, humidity, strong winds, rain, hail, and fluctuating temperatures can really take a toll on roofs. To keep your roof intact this summer, make sure to follow these roofing maintenance tips. If any of these tasks seem too challenging, contact the Wakefield roofing experts for professional roof maintenance and repairs.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
Throughout the year, gutters get filled with dirt and debris—mostly leaves and shedding from trees—which will eventually clog up your gutters. Once gutters are clogged, watershed from rain and melting ice and snow will not be directed properly off of your roof and away from your home and foundation. This can eventually lead to leaks and water damage in your home. It is important to clean your gutters throughout the year to prevent these problems. If you are not comfortable climbing up a ladder to do the work, hire a Wakefield roofing professional to get the job done well so you don’t have to worry.
CHECK FOR MOLD
A leaky roof or poor drainage from your gutters can lead to mold and mildew growth throughout your home. Breathing in mold is a health hazard that can lead to respiratory problems. Mold is also a sign of water damage that can worsen over time—i.e. wood and drywall rotting and collapsing. Make sure to inspect your roof and basement for mold and mildew, or hire a professional to do the inspection if you’re unsure of what to look for. If there is a mold infestation, you will need to have the mold removed, and repair the source of the mold growth—leaks, cracks, poor drainage, etc.
INSPECT THE QUALITY OF YOUR ROOF
Last, but certainly not least, it is important to perform occasional inspections of your roof to prevent future problems. Check for:
- Cracked, damaged, or missing shingles;
- The condition of the sealants; and
- Spaces where animals and insects can get in and nest.
If you notice any problems with your roof, contact Wakefield roofing professionals right away. Once your roof is repaired and in good condition, you can avoid wasps or squirrels from nesting in your roof (posing further problems), and your roof will be better able to withstand Wakefield’s extreme summer, while also protecting your home during the harsh winter months.