The Importance of Summer Roof Maintenance
Summer brings some challenging weather conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, thunderstorms, and heavy winds. Taking time to perform some quick checks of your roof and minor roofing system maintenance assures you of three important factors.
- Your roof is up to the task of handling summer heat and storms.
- Your roof is in good operating condition.
- You're on track to meet or extend the life expectancy of your roof.
Since we're enjoying some hot summer days, we recommend doing your roofing checklist early in the morning when it's a bit cooler. Binoculars are helpful fro getting a closer look at your roof. We also recommend wearing work gloves.
- Inspect your roof with a complete walk-around from the ground, looking for shingle lift, missing shingles, cracked or dented shingles, moss or any other type of fungal growth, debris that has gathered in corners or roof valleys and roof damage of any kind.
- Inspect the flashing around the chimney, skylight, vents, satellite dish, or any other roof protrusion. Flashing often loosens during harsh weather or can deteriorate over time.
- Check the underside of eaves for debris that may have gathered and remove it. Be careful since this is a favorite spot for stinging insects to build nests.
- Check for loose gutters. It's common for storms to loosen them. Tighten all bolts, making certain the gutters are properly angled and aligned to divert water away from the house.
- Clean out gutters, downspouts, and roof drains. You'll be surprised at the amount of flower blossoms, twigs, seeds, and other debris that gathers in them during the spring. After cleaning the gutters, test them by running water through them using a garden hose. If the water flows freely through them with no leaks, you're good to go.