Although it may not seem like it, the summer days are coming to an end, and before you know it, the winter will be here. While the winter in Arizona is not as intense as it is in other areas of the country, the cold weather conditions can still take their toll on your roofing system. Therefore, the fall is an important time for roof maintenance. Professional roof maintenance will help reduce the likeliness of costly damages and repairs after a cold winter and wet spring.
At Express Roofing, our Mesa roofing contractors know the importance of regular roof maintenance, especially during the fall. To keep your roof in tip-top shape, it’s always good to refresh yourself on some best practices for preventative maintenance. And, to ensure you cover all your bases this fall, we put together some of the most essential roof maintenance tips.
Trim Your Trees
As fall rolls around, dead tree limbs can potentially fall on your roof and cause damage. Trees that are close to your house could also fall on your roof or allow squirrels and other pests to pay your roof a visit. Additionally, any twigs, leaves, and other debris that falls on your roof can lead to rotting, termites, gutter blockage, and other roof damages. Make sure that you trim any branches that are close to your home and could potentially cause an issue.
Clean The Gutters
Your gutters can become filled with leaves, dirt, and debris during the fall. When gutters become clogged, rainwater will begin to collect and back up through your shingles causing major damage including roof rot, mold, and even structural damage. You will need clean gutters to keep the water flowing properly away from your roof. Clean out your gutters before the fall leaves start to rain down, and keep an eye on them throughout the season.
Consider Installing Gutter Guards
Gutter guards are an effective way to help prevent clogged gutters. Gutter guards are simply caps that go over your guttering to prevent leaves and other debris from falling inside and creating a clog. Water is still able to get through thanks to small holes in the caps, but debris will not be able to get through. Not only are these affordable, but they will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning out your gutters.
Check The Attic
Many homeowners think that a simple inspection from the ground is efficient enough to spot roof damage. Others may even get up on a ladder to take a closer look to spot potential damage. However, many homeowners do not realize that their roof is not the only side that can be inspected for damages. In fact, looking through your attic can reveal just as much, if not more than an exterior examination. Look for any mold, mildew, warped wood, or stained insulation in your attic. If you notice any, you may have roofing damage.
Schedule A Roof Inspection
It’s always a good idea to give your roofing system an inspection before the winter chill arrives so that any existing problems can be taken care of before it’s too late. Neglecting and ignoring issues with your roof can potentially lead to a much bigger problem. While you can do a roof inspection yourself, it is worth it to have a local roofing contractor with the experience inspect the roofing materials for problems.
Make Roof Repairs as Needed
If you, or an experienced roofing contractor, do find any missing, broken, or damaged roofing materials, it is important that they get repaired immediately, preferably before it starts getting chilly. Small problems in the fall can turn into large problems in the winter, so it’s always best to enter the colder season with a strong, stable roof. If you properly maintain and care for your roof throughout the year, you won’t have to worry about excessive repair costs.
Arizona Professional Roofing Maintenance
By following these roof maintenance tips in the fall, your roof will be better prepared to take on the winter conditions. If you want to ensure your roof is in tip-top condition, contact your local roofing company. Don’t wait until your roof needs replacing. Professional roofers eliminate the risk of leaks and other potential problems with a roof inspection.
If you are in need of roofing maintenance in Mesa, Arizona or the surrounding areas, contact us! From flashing repair to patching flat roof membranes and shingle roofs, our experienced roofers can take the proper measures this fall to extend the life of your roof. To request an estimate, contact us!