As a homeowner, keeping your roof in good shape is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do. With summer rapidly coming to a close, this is the time to tackle much of the maintenance with your roof. That way, any major work that's needed is done before the snow and ice come in with the winter weather. Here are some of the things you should be thinking about as the summer season wanes:
How Are Your Shingles?
You should ensure that all of the roofing shingles are taken care of before the winter weather comes in. Inspect them all and make note of the ones that are missing or damaged so they can be replaced. Even cracked shingles need to be taken care of.
This is also the time to look at the flashing around the vents and your chimney. Make sure the flashing is intact and there are no cracks or breaks in the mortar and caulking around those areas. Anything that's damaged should be repaired or sealed right away.
Is the Roof Clean?
Eliminate any debris that's built up on the roof surface. Whether it's leaves and branches or dirt, leaving it there can lead to a mess of clogged drains when the snow starts to melt in the spring. Make sure that you brush off the entire roof so that you're going into winter with a clean slate.
Another part of keeping the roof clean is washing away any algae accumulation. Wash the roof thoroughly with a chlorine product or detergent so that you rinse away anything that's growing there. Then, have some zinc strips or other moss and algae deterrent applied to the roof so that you have less chance of recurrence.
How Are The Branches?
If there are any branches growing over your roof, it's the time to cut them. You don't want to run into issues with falling branches due to snow or ice weight over the winter. Further, those branches make it easy for animals to get to your roof, and small critters that are seeking refuge from cold temperatures will try to sneak into your house. Have the branches cut back away from the house as soon as possible.
Before the forecast starts calling for rapidly decreasing temperatures and the onset of snow, talk with your local roofer about making sure your roof is ready for winter. With these tips and the help of roofing contractors, you can go into the snowy season with confidence.