Undertake preventive maintenance to save money and extend the life of your roof.
In Ohio, fall is a short-lived few weeks that gives you just enough time to make your pre-cold weather to-do list and hopefully get the most important things done. Taking extra care of your roof this season can help protect your home from dangerous and costly roof damage that the colder months can bring. In order to ensure that your roof has the longest lifespan possible, follow these roof maintenance and gutter cleaning tips this fall.
Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Before cold weather arrives, make sure your downspouts are clear. Remove any fallen leaves and debris that may have accumulated over the fall season. Flush gutters with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets to make sure they are secure and rust-free for the winter.
If any of your gutters or downspouts are drooping, broken or in disrepair, it’s important to fix them before winter. Fall is also a good time to consider installing gutter guards that will keep you off the ladder and your hands clean next fall. Best of all, it’s potentially a DIY project. However, if your gutters are high, you aren’t a fan of heights or your gutters and downspouts need repairs too, Enterprise Roofing can take care of both projects at once.
Fall roof maintenance
The most important thing to do for your roof before winter weather arrives is to fix any outstanding damage. Here are some roofing concerns to be on the lookout for:
- If there are leaks or gaps, you can be sure that heavy snow and ice will find its way in and cause further damage. Get them fixed lest small gaps become big problems later. Often some caulking or new flashing can fix the problem.
- Inspect your roof for wear and tear and make sure shingles aren’t curling, buckling or crackling. If shingles do show signs of damage, replace them immediately.
- Make sure your roof is ventilated and insulated properly. When there are ventilation and insulation problems, moisture can get trapped in your attic and cause mold or other problems.
Trim tree branches away from your house to keep them from hanging over your roof. This helps to eliminate the risk of limbs breaking and damaging your roof, which is often caused by the weight of heavy snow and ice building up on branches.
The most thorough way to prepare your roof for the winter is to have your roofing contractor out for a professional inspection. At Enterprise Roofing, our promise is to deliver unsurpassed workmanship no matter what the project. We’ve provided quality roof inspections and gutter cleanings to the Miami Valley region since 1926. We are very familiar with the Ohio’s unpredictable winters, and our roofing professionals can prepare your roof for nasty weather. Give us a call today at 937-453-3933 to find out how you can start preparing your roof for winter today.