June 21stis just around the corner and you know what that means. Summer is here and it’s time to begin preparing our homes for everything the summer season brings along with it. During the winter, your roof can take a beating so it’s not uncommon for roofing to become damaged. Broken shingles and damaged gutters can lead to more significant problems like leaks and pest infestations.
No matter where you live you have to deal with the sun. While it is worse in other areas of the country, it’s still not something to be taken lightly. The same way you would protect yourself from the sun by swearing sunscreen, you need to protect your roof. So, it’s important you know the signs of a sun-damaged roof.
Use the tips below to avoid this type of harm and get your roof ready for summer.
Look for signs of damage or anything that appears to be out of the ordinary. This could be missing shingles or loose tiles, exposed nails, wavy flashing, and detached or clogged gutters. Pay special attention to the areas of the roof where debris may have become lodged over the winter months, like the shingle valleys. Accumulation of debris can cause damage over time. If you do not feel safe inspecting the roof on your own, hire a professional roofing company to perform the inspection for you.
TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THE SHINGLES
Damaged shingles can be the start of a more serious problem, so it is imperative you take care of any damage as soon as possible. Check for missing, bent, or cracked shingles as they can become even more damaged in the summer sun.
INSPECT FOR OPENINGS ON AND AROUND THE ROOF
The metal strips (flashing) around the areas of the chimney, vents, satellite dishes, skylights or any other protruding roof feature, all can deteriorate over time. If damage isn’t addressed some serious problems for you and your roof could take place.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Summer is the perfect time to clean out the gutters and spouts. Clogged gutters can mean trouble down the road. It is also recommended you clean any branches and debris off the roof. This will prevent your gutters from quickly clogging again.
TRIM SURROUNDING FOLIAGE
By trimming back branches of surrounding trees, you can prevent your gutters from becoming clogged or avoid any damage that could be caused by falling or broken branches. Focus your trimming on branches that are diseased, dead or hanging dangerously close to your home.
Don’t forget about what’s under your roof. Having proper insulation helps your home maintain a comfortable temperature and keeps your cooling costs low during the summer. If it’s not already insulated, hire a professional to install insulation in your attic.
By following these simple roof management tips, you can cut down on the cost of roof repairs and enjoy your summer. Contact us today to learn more about how to protect and get your roof ready for summer. Call us today for a free estimate (831-758-2749).