Summer Roof Maintenance Checklist

02b64943After the rainy season of spring has ended, summer is the perfect time to conduct routine maintenance on your roofing system. Even if you have no recent issues with your roof, periodically checking the condition of the roof can help you spot small roofing issues before they become large, expensive repairs. Here are few roof maintenance tasks you can perform during the summer to ensure that your roof remains in good condition. Start With the Inside Before you go outside to examine the roof, take a look inside of your home for signs that there are any roofing issues you should address. Note if there are any water marks or stains on the ceilings or the rafters in the attic. When examining the attic, verify that the insulation is dry. Damp and matted insulation is a sign of moisture accumulation, which can be caused by a roof leak or very poor air ventilation in the attic space, both of which should be addressed immediately. Gutters                                Your gutters should be closely inspected, especially if you have had a particularly rainy spring season. It is not difficult for gutters to become clogged with leaves and other types of debris. A gutter system that does not drain well can cause water damage to the sides of your home as well as compromise the integrity of the building’s foundation. When examining the gutters make sure that they are securely fastened and remove what debris you can manually before using a water hose to flush the rest so that you can avoid blocking your downspout. Roof Coverings The material that covers your roof is the first line of defense against leaks and should always be in good condition. If there are missing asphalt shingles or metal panels appear to be loose, verify that there are no signs of moisture accumulation and replace or refasten the roof material as soon as possible. Metal panels can be cleared of rust using a wire brush. If there is a presence of algae, fungus or moss, you can remove it by power washing the roof with a cleaning solution and then attach lead or zinc metal strips to the roof to prevent the growths from reappearing. Flashing Check the flashing around all of the protruding fixtures on the roof and ensure that all joints are properly covered. This entails examining the chimneys, wind turbines and vents. The metal composition of flashing means that extreme temperatures can cause them to contract and expand, which can loosen them from their fastenings. All flashings should be properly secured to prevent leakage into the joints.   Only a roof that is in good repair can protect your home as it should, and summer is an excellent time to check the condition of your roof. When conducting maintenance tasks for your roof, keep your safety in mind at all times and always take the necessary precautions. If you have a question about roof maintenance, contact us at Leaders in Disaster Restoration.
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