A Must Do Winter Maintenance Check-Up List
With fall approaching there are a few items you should keep in mind for roof maintenance before winter arrives.
Check Your Gutters
Your gutters should be checked to make sure they are flowing freely and free of leaves as well as other debris. By making sure your gutters are working you can be assured that they will stay attached during those heavy snows and ice storms. The weight of frozen water often compromises your gutters’ integrity. A clean gutter also helps with ice damming at the bottom edge of your roof, which could easily lead to costly roof repairs. In line with the gutters, make sure your downspouts are not clogged. This is usually where all of the trouble starts.
Inspect Your Roof
You want to inspect the roof itself for debris, such as leaves, twigs, branches. Also check for missing shingles, voids in caulking or other sealants. Don’t forget to examine for missing flashings and damaged pipe collars. You want to make sure all these items are in proper working order to assure making it through the winter months without any costly surprises.
An important service you need to consider is having your roof professionally cleaned. By having your roof cleaned, you can ensure the longevity of your roof shingles. A good roof cleaning will remove those dark stains that you usually see on the north facing side of most homes in our area. Those dark stains are a type of Algae that provides a feeding ground for other inhabitants such as Moss, Lichen, and various fungi. The Algae damages your roof by feeding off of its shingles.
Hiring a Professional Roof Cleaning Service
Be careful when hiring a professional roof cleaner. Make sure they are fully licensed and insured. Most important, make sure the company you choose does not use a pressure washing system on your roof. A good roof cleaner will use a Safe Non-Pressure System that will not cause harm or compromise your roof.
Make sure your roof gets the attention it deserves, after all, it’s what protects your most expensive asset-your home! To eliminate major problems down the road, your roof needs periodic maintenance. Your wouldn’t hesitate to service your heater. You roof needs the same attention to remain in good working condition.