Maintaining your roof is a constant year-round responsibility that keeps your home interior protected and free of moisture damaging leaks. As fall arrives and the temperatures begin to chance, it is an important time to make sure our roof is prepared for a winter of harsh temperatures and storms. Here are some tips to help you clean, repair, and maintain your roof to get it ready for the upcoming season.
The first thing you can do to prepare your roof for winter is to clean it and your roof's gutters of any debris. During fall, the leaves of nearby trees around your home can collect on your rooftop and end up in the gutters, clogging them and causing them not to work properly. Safely gain access to your roof during dry weather, wearing sturdy shoes with a good tread to look for and remove any debris on your roof.
Check for any tree branches and other trash that may have become lodged upon your rooftop, especially in the valley's between any gables on your roof. Remove the branches and toss them in a dumpster, then use your garden hose to rinse off smaller debris. Be careful to rinse your rooftop in a downward manner so you don't force water beneath any shingles. Wearing a glove, scoop out any debris settled in the gutters. You can also use a pressure washer or your garden hose with a jet spray nozzle attachment to rinse the gutters clean.
Inspect for Damage
After you have cleaned your roof and its gutters of debris, take some time and inspect your shingles to look for any damage. Look for any cracked, peeling, lifting, or missing shingles. Shingle damage can allow winter weather to easily seep through your roof's underlayers and into your home. If you have extra shingles stored in your home, you can use them to replace the damaged shingles. If you don't have extra shingles, you can order a matching box at a local roofing business.
It is best to complete shingle repairs on a sunny day so the sun's heat warms and softens the shingles to prevent damage. Lifting shingles on your roof during cold weather will cause them to remain hard and brittle, and can cause additional damage to surrounding shingles while you make your repairs. As you remove the damaged shingle, be sure you carefully lift the shingle positioned above it to remove the upper row of roofing nails holding the damaged shingle in place. Or you can hire a local roofing professional to repair and replace any damaged shingles on your roof.