Doing roof maintenance in the fall is one of the best times of the year to do so.
Temperatures tend to be comfortable in the fall to complete tasks that you might put off all summer and it's the perfect time to clear out any debris that may have accumulated over the summertime.
To help you keep your roof in good shape, we’ve put together a few of our greatest fall roof maintenance tips.
1. Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts at least 2-3 times a year will help keep water from penetrating the roofing system.
Throughout the year, rain and wind will stir up debris that can easily get stuck in your gutters and downspouts. If left untouched, they can be clogged and cause water to back up into your roofing system. Ensuring your gutters and downspouts are clear can help keep the structural integrity of your roof in-tact.
2. Look for Streaking
Steaks on your roof can be a sign of mold growth or fungus issue. With the amount of rain we have had in the region this year, mold growth can be common with the amount of sunshine we receive and especially if you have a large tree in your yard. A simple cleaning will remove the residue and leave your roof in good shape. If you choose to leave the mold or mildew to grow, it could end up costing you significantly, maybe even a new roof.
3. Examine Your Roofing Material
Throughout the year, your roofing material takes a beating from moisture, sunshine, and everything in between. Fall is a great time to examine your roofing materials for damage. Start with the actual material, whether you have tile, shingles, or metal. If there are any missing, cracked, dented, or dimpled, you will want to replace them right away.
Other pieces of your roof to examine includes the fascia and soffit. If these parts are damaged, gutters can fall off, critters can find their way inside, and your attic ventilation can be affected. Additionally, check your flashing. Areas where two walls intersect should have a piece of thin metal to keep water off of your roof. If it is cracked or missing, you will want it replaced right away to prevent a leak from forming.
4. Look for Critters or Insect Infestation
Nothing can be more detrimental to a roofing system than critters. Animals and insects use roofing systems to find shelter from the heat, sunshine, monsoon rains, and wind. While examining your roof, look for areas that are rotten, sawdust piled up, or waste. These are all signs that you might have a problem and it is better to be safe than sorry.
5. Check The Attic Space
Many homeowners do not understand that their attic is an important part of their roofing system. While examining your roof, you should also examine the attic for damage. Things that should be alarming include spots of daylight, mold growth, water stains, or rot. These are all signs that you could have an issue with your roof and should call your trusted roofing contractor.
6. Seek A Professional Examination
Having a professional examine your roof is a great idea. A pro will know what to look for and spot a lot of small details that may be missed by the homeowner. Also, a professional can eliminate the risk you may face climbing up on to a roof yourself.
While many homeowners do not find it necessary, it is money well spent to have preventative maintenance done. This could end up saving you thousands later down the road.
If you need assistance with any part of your roofing system, our local team at Class EH! Roofing would be happy to come out and give you a free estimate. Please contact us today!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!