Since summer has come to an end and fall is upon us, now should be the time to inspect your roof to avoid the consequences that cold and often brutal weather can bring. Here are some damage prevention and roof maintenance tips to help you save time and money.
1. Roof Inspection
Summer winds and rains can heavily impact your roof, therefore, it is crucial to have a professional roofer inspect your roof for potential problems at the start of fall. Apart from checking for missing, curled or cracked shingles, a professional will also check for damaged chimneys, Eaves, mortar and flashing to make sure they’ll be able to withstand the harsh winter weather.
2. Gutter Cleaning
Gutters direct water off your roof and onto the ground. However, heavy rainfalls can cause gutters to leak. In addition, still standing water can breed mold and attract bugs. But the most detrimental effect is that gutters can clog. It is crucial to clean your gutters at least twice a year – once in the spring and then once when fall arrives. You can choose to DIY your gutter cleaning or request help from a professional roofer who will thoroughly clean your gutters and inspect for damages that heavy rainfall may have caused.
3. Tree Trimming
Overall, trees experience abundant growth during the spring and summer seasons. Trees beautify your property, yet if they are located close to your house, healthy and damaged branches may scrape or puncture your roof. Additionally, fallen fruits, nuts and foliage may also clog your gutters. Therefore, trimming your trees might be the best way to help prevent roof damage. This may be another DIY; however, it is always best to enlist the help of a professional to make certain that no harm is caused to the tree, yourself and your roof.
4. Moss removal
The weather as it transitions from summer to fall is perfect for the growth of moss. It is not unusual for moss to sprout in the spaces between your roof shingles. If the moss is not removed, it will eventually allow moisture to penetrate the shingles and damage the roof sheathing underneath, destroying your roof’s structural integrity. To prevent this, prompt moss removal is required. For this procedure, it is best to contact a professional roofer as they may not only remove the moss but also install copper or zinc strips on your roof peak to prevent its return.
5. Mold and Algae Treatment
As fall begins, the lingering humid summer weather supplies the perfect breeding ground for mold and algae. Mold and algae could do permanent damage to your roof; therefore it is best to clean your roof immediately after you’ve noticed the presence of mold and algae. For best results, enlist a professional to spray your roof with an eco-friendly cleaning compound and then install a copper or zinc strip atop your roof.
To make sure your roof is intact after the harsh summer rainfalls, it is best to do a roof maintenance check-up as fall rings in.
To find a trusted roofing contractor with the expertise you need to keep your roof and gutters in good condition, contact TSpark Enterprises at (850) 766-1340 or simply contact us via our website. We Conquer All Peaks!