August is here, and for most people that means the end of summer is near. You’re already back-to-school shopping, have gone on your family vacation, and are looking ahead for the rest of the calendar year.
The end of summer means worse, colder weather is here. And if your roof isn’t ready to bear the tumultuous fall wind and freezing winter snow, getting it improved should be at the top of your list. Luckily, the AWS Roofing team is here to offer some advice to prevent roof damage.
The last thing you want in the fall or winter is a leak, broken shingle, or drastically decreased temperatures. Discovering these problems in the cold winter months can make the problem even worse. That’s why we recommend planning for any pertinent project like this as early as possible.
Conduct a Thorough Inspection
You can conduct a good inspection of your roof yourself. Depending on whether or not you’ve noticed any problems, you can do this once a month or every other month. And, you’ll want to do this after any significant weather event: a severe thunderstorm or extreme winter snow. Don’t let an accident with your home slip under your nose by not proactively checking.
If it’s unsafe for you to conduct an inspection by yourself or you want to count on the pros, then don’t hesitate to contact AWS Roofing for an inspection. We can take a look at your roof and recommend any repairs or improvements as needed.
Clear Out Unwanted Debris
Along with a thorough inspection, it’s important to take action by clearing out all the debris by your roof. Specifically, leaves, branches, and other debris collect on your roof and in your gutters. These items can contribute to roof damage over time if they’re let there. Moisture from the debris can lead to mold and mildew buildup. This can creep into the roofing system and then hinder the HVAC system if it gets too big. In extreme cases, unwanted debris can rot the roof’s wooden components, which will affect the structural integrity.
Check Shingles and Siding
If you have an asphalt roof, you will want to routinely check for damage. Strong winds can damage asphalt and cause holes. If the shingles weren’t put in properly from the start, one or two can eventually fade away. Promptly replacing them will prevent moisture and keep your roof intact.
Additionally, siding and gutters should be checked for signs of damage. Damage to the siding can impact the roof. See if there’s any loose panels or rotted soffits. Gutters, if they aren’t working efficiently, can account for roof problems with improper drainage and buildup. And then it can harm your home’s structural integrity.
Clear Out Excess Snow
This might not be the most applicable tip for Florida residents. But for our Midwestern friends reading this, we want to make sure everyone stays safe. A roof system has a weight limit for how much it can endure. Excess snow can be bad news for any roof, but especially a cheap roof not ready to hold a lot of weight.
Address Pest Damage
Now, this is a problem for everyone in the United States: pest damage. Not only can squirrels and birds harm your roof, but any pest can be an issue. Squirrels and other rodents might claw or chew their way into your home. Birds can pick at certain parts, scrap shingles, or make nests. Termites and other small pests can bring trouble. They’ll eat up wood and other material, withering away at your roof’s structural integrity.
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