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Top 4 Roof Maintenance Tips for Fall

It’s that time of year again where you hear the clanging of hammers and the sound of drills throughout your neighborhood. Why is that? Fall is the perfect season to repair and check on maintenance. 

After a chaotic summer of trips, seasonal storms, and busy schedules, fall is the time where everyone goes back to their normal routines. With cooler temperatures, outdoor work becomes easier during these next couple of months. Fall is the perfect time to check on your roof and see if it needs any work done before winter is upon us. Those cold weather days can accelerate damage to your roof if something is not repaired in time, or if your roof is not accurately maintained.

Benefits to Roof Repair and Maintenance in the Fall

In Iowa, the average temperature in September and October is around 65-70 degrees, making it the perfect temperature for outdoor repairs. Additionally, fall typically marks the end of those severe summer storms. The temperature is ideal not only for workers, but for most roofing materials like shingles. In extreme cold temperatures, shingles have the ability to become brittle and crack when nailing them to a roof. 

Repairs in the fall also help shingles have the proper time to seal before the incoming winter weather. The warmer weather helps them to bond to one another sufficiently. Getting the job done before winter not only ensures the safety and stability of your roof, but will save you money on heating your home during the winter months. With all the holes, cracks, leaks and other damages fixed, your roof will be capable of handling those extreme weather conditions while keeping you safe, dry, and warm. 

Now you might be wondering, what should I do to ensure my roof is functioning properly before the upcoming winter? Here are our top 4 tips to get you started:

Step 1: Clean & Inspect Gutters

As the leaves begin to change color and eventually fall, it is important to clean your gutters regularly to avoid build up. Even more so when it rains, the debris in your gutters become paste-like and the longer it stays, the harder it will be to get it out. If debris is not removed before snowfall, it’ll be easy for snow to pile up, which can lead to broken gutters from the weight. 

Scoop out your gutters with a tool like a gutter scoop or even a spatula and clean the downspout with a plumber’s snake. If you don’t have them already, gutter guards are a great way to block future debris from getting in.

Step 2: Examine Roof for Damage

The best way to look for damage is to inspect your roof. Grab a ladder and carefully climb up to check for any damage that may have occurred during the past few months. Leaks, broken shingles, holesyou name it. Anything that looks out of the ordinary is most likely damage caused by weather or simply just regular wear and tear. Check your roof flashings for any small holes or gaps as well. The flashing is responsible for sealing the spaces in between joints and most importantly, keeping the natural elements, like rain and dirt, out of your home.

Step 3: Address All Repairs Needed

After following steps one and two, decide what repairs need to be done in order to make sure your roof is secure. 

Common Roof Repairs

  • Hail Damage
  • Leaks
  • Damaged Roof Vents
  • Broken/Missing Shingles
  • Cracked/Worn Flashing

The last thing you want is to make a repair during the winter months when the weather conditions are a bad environment to work in, and could potentially have you dealing with the unfixed problems until the weather gets better. Contact us for a roof inspection or repair, and we’ll get you taken care of.

Step 4: Inspect Attic Conditions

Last, but certainly not least, check your attic space. This could look like large spots where leaks have gathered, signs of mold, or any other visible indications of damage. Make sure your attic is accurately insulated to keep out any build up of ice dams during the winter. Another common occurrence are signs that critters are invading your home. Some signs would be finding animal droppings, areas where insulation has been torn into, nesting, and hearing sounds in the walls or ceiling.  If this happens, call your local pest/animal control so that the situation can be dealt with before they have the chance to cause damage to your roof or insulation.

Contact Your Local Roofing Experts 

After going through this list, we hope you feel more confident about the steps you can take to maintain your roof. Fall will fly by fast, so it is important to do these steps as soon as you can before winter sets in. You don’t want to find yourself dealing with problems later on down the road, if they could have been avoided. If you are interested in a roof inspection, want to know more or have any questions, reach out today!

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