Now that fall has arrived, most homeowners are getting out and enjoying many of the wonderful things that make this season so great. While there is no shortage of things for you and your family to do and enjoy together this fall, it’s important to make sure you aren’t forgetting about the things that need to get done around the house in order to prepare your home for the coming winter. The coming winter months can be a particularly tough time for your roof, which is why it’s so important to take the time now to ensure your roof is ready for what’s to come. To help you in that endeavor and highlight just a few of the things you can do this fall to properly prepare your roof for what’s to come, our team of skilled Houston roofing contractors have taken the time to put together this short list for your reading pleasure. In this list, you will find a few steps to take this fall to ensure your roof is well protected over the coming months. This could save you from additional roof maintenance on a snow covered roof during the winter season.
Clear Away Debris
Falling leaves are just one of the many things that make fall what it is, and if you’re like most homeowners, you certainly don’t have a shortage of fallen leaves around your home. This fall, one of the most important things you can do for your roof is to break out the ladder, or have a professional come out and do so, and clear away any lingering debris that might have found its way on top of your roof over the previous months. By the time winter comes around, any lingering organic debris on your roof, especially leaves, can trap moisture against the surface of your roof, leading to mold and mildew growth which can actually eat away at your roof’s surface over time. This fall, make sure you stay diligent in having debris removed from your roof surface.
Clean Your Gutters
Whether you realize it or not, your gutters are an incredibly important part of your home’s roofing system. In helping direct water down off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation, your gutters help to prevent water seeping down into your attic and erosion around your home’s foundation at the same time, but if your gutters are overflowing with leaves from the trees around your home, it could lead to some very serious problems. Anytime your gutters aren’t able to drain water from your roof properly, it can be a big issue, especially as we start to see more rain later in the fall and into winter. All of these leaves can cause water to pool up in your gutters and on your roof’s surface where it can lead under your shingles and into your attic, and the water that cascades over the sides of your gutters can start to erode the soil around the foundation of your home and damage your garden beds. This fall, break out the ladder and ensure your gutters are completely cleaned out, or have a professional come in and do so if you aren’t comfortable in the task.
Get An Inspection
The turbulent spring and summer months can take a toll on your roof’s surface, and right now, while the weather is still mild and comfortable, one of the most important things you can do for your roof is to get it professionally inspected. During the course of your roof inspection, our skilled roofing contractors will take a close look at the condition of your roof, find any signs of damage that might have slipped beneath your radar, and provide you with the repairs you need to restore your roof to its original condition. Any damage your roof might have sustained over previous months will often only get worse over the course of the winter, and with a roofing inspection, you can get peace of mind in the knowledge that your roof is secure and safe from damage.