While most of us would rather be planning our summer vacations or enjoying time by the pool, it’s important to remember your roof this summer and a few keys tips to keep it in top shape through these extremely hot months. Let’s take a look at a few of the things you can do right now to help protect your roof this summer:
- Get a quick update on the condition of your roof
-Start early in the morning before it gets too hot, and using a set of binoculars from the ground and a ladder if necessary, get a complete look at your roof to ascertain if any problems (i.e., loose or missing shingles, damaged flashing, etc) exist.
-Pay close attention to the metal strips (flashing) around the areas of the chimney, vents, satellite dishes, skylights, or any other roof feature which protrudes, as all deteriorate over time and must be tended to in a timely manner to avoid damage.Potential problems you need to be looking out for and might require further maintenance include: -Fallen debris which can become lodged into shingle valleys and other previously unseeable areas because this debris can actually lead to shingle cracking and roof leaks.
-Damaged shingles, as they can be the start of a serious problem and need to be tended to as soon as possible when damage is noticed.
- Trim trees and surrounding foliage near your home
-If you have trees and low hanging branches near your roof or home in general, it’s often necessary to have them trimmed by a professional tree trimming service, unless it’s a job you’re comfortable performing yourself.
- Clean debris and dirt off your roof if you’re comfortable doing it yourself-As gutters are a common hotspot for debris and other unwanted materials to accumulate and cause damage, be sure to thoroughly inspect and clean the entirety of the guttering system, also making the appropriate adjustments to the gutters, checking for tightness and proper angle of downspouts.
Now that you have a few tips in your belt for protecting your roof this summer, don’t hesitate to call your local roofing professional if your have further questions about how to keep your roof in top shape year-round!