3 Essential Roofing Maintenance Tasks To Get Done This Fall
As a homeowner, you likely understand very well how much easier it can be to take care of issues before they have a chance to develop into serious problems around your house. Preventative care is an extremely important part of keeping your home in good shape year after year, and with winter quickly closing in, certain parts of your home are going to need that kind of care more than ever. Winter can be a tough time for certain areas of your home, and one of the hardest hit areas of your home is going to be your roof. Your roof forms the first line of defense your home has against the elements, and as such, you want to be sure that you are investing in the kind of care you need to keep your roof standing strong in the face of whatever punishment nature can throw at it. The winter months can be especially brutal on your roof, which is why it is so important to take some time now in the fall to ensure your roof gets the care it needs to ride out the long winter months ahead in the best condition possible. To help you in that task, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list going over some of the most essential roofing maintenance tasks that you can have done now. This task will ensure that your roof is well protected before winter arrives in earnest.
Maintain Your Gutters
Despite what you might think, your gutters serve an extremely important function for your roof and your home’s exterior as a whole. When the rain and snow start to come down in the coming months, your gutters are going to be responsible for making sure all of that moisture and snow that ends up on your roof has a path down off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation. If your gutters are filled to the brim with leaves leftover from the fall, you could find yourself with a very serious issue on your hands. If any of this debris causes water to become trapped in your gutters and freezes, the results could be quite devastating. Not only will any snow, ice, or moisture on your roof have nowhere to go, but your gutters that are now full of ice could easily burst, or even tear away from your home due to the additional weight, causing a great deal of damage in the process. Taking the time this fall to get up there, or have a professional do so, and thoroughly clean out your gutters could save you a lot of headache in the coming winter months.
Trim Back Your Trees
While a little bit of tree cover for your home can be nice in the summer, and you might enjoy the shade it brings, it is important to take stock of how close those trees and their branches are to the roof of your home, and how big they are as well. During the winter months, when those branches become laden with snow or ice, or are being whipped around by turbulent winds, those branches can easily cause a great deal of damage to your roof if they were to come down on top of it. This fall, you are going to want to take a walk around your property and take note of any trees that are hanging a bit too close to your roof, or any dead branches overhanging your house that might be a cause for concern, and get them trimmed back.
Get A Professional Inspection
When it comes to preventative maintenance for your home’s roof, one of the most important things you can do is to get a professional inspection, and right now, before winter hits in earnest, is one of the best times you can have one performed. During the course of your inspection, our team of professionals will go over every area of your roof to ensure there are no lingering damages that might have escaped notice, and repair any areas that might develop into a more serious issue over the course of the coming months. Investing in a professional inspection for your roof this fall is a great way to get peace of mind over the coming holiday season, and can be a much cheaper alternative than having to pay out for emergency repairs if something were to go wrong with your roof at any point in the coming months. Contact our team at Thomas Jefferson Roofing & Remodeling today!