Roofs take a beating during the summer. The sizzling heat can cause cracks and other damage to the surface, which ensuing heavy rains can then infiltrate. A roofer can help you assess the roof's condition in the summer so that it's ready for rain and snowfall in the autumn and winter. Here are some tips to keep your roof in tip-top shape.
How to Maintain Your Roof
1. Replace Missing Shingles
Shingles that are missing or cracked should be replaced. The damage typically happens after a roof has gone through a harsh winter and a scorching summer. If shingles are damaged, keep an eye out for mold since rain creates ideal conditions for the fungus to grow.
2. Repair Holes
Ensure there are no openings that allow rodents, insects, or birds to make nests. Roofs are often targeted by these creatures due to their height and position, which creates a safe place to hide from predators. Call a roofer to repair entrances, and consider using an exterminator, depending on the type of pest.
3. Trim Tree Branches
Remove loose and dead branches from tall trees around the home. Storms can turn boughs into dangerous projectiles that can injure your roof, your family, and passersby. Also, take regular pictures of the roof so that you can spot damage faster after a storm.
4. Clean Blocked Gutters
Debris and other trash can collect over time. Clear the detritus from the gutters often to ensure water can flow freely into the downspout. Otherwise, water may find its way into your foundation.
5. Seal Leaks
Look for leaks in the attic and on the ceilings. Water spots, mildew, and stains on the exterior of your house can also indicate poor gutter drainage. If you see signs of water damage, call a roofer immediately.
When you need a roofer, values such as honesty, integrity, and quality shouldn’t cost more — they should be a way of life. At Larson Exteriors, in St. Louis, MO, you can expect all of this and more on your residential, commercial, or flat roof projects. Call (314) 660-7014 to schedule a free consultation, or learn more about their roofing services online.