The Importance of Fall Roof Maintenance

As we approach the winter season, it’s a good idea to do a little fall roof maintenance. The autumn season is the perfect time to clean your roof and make sure it’s in good shape before the first freeze. Follow these fall roof maintenance tips and stay safe and dry this winter!

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Ground Inspection

Start your fall roof maintenance with a simple walk around your home. From the ground, look for obvious signs of damage and wear. Pay special attention to the soffit and fascia, looking for wood rot, sagging, nested birds or insects, and other problems. These parts of your roof are most susceptible to water damage, which can quickly spread to your rafters and destroy the integrity of your roof. If you notice a problem, call your local roofer for soffit and fascia repair right away.

Clean Out Those Gutters!

Pull out the ladder, some gloves, and a bucket and get ready for some fall cleaning! Clean all those pretty autumn leaves out of your gutters, as well as any acorns, twigs, and other debris. If decomposed leaves are resting in your gutters, use a water hose to wash away the sludge. Try to remove as much as possible by hand though, or else you could risk clogging your gutters and downspouts.

Look For Damage

While you’re up there, remove any debris from your roof as well and check for damage. Worn shingles will appear shiny or bald from the granules wearing away. Look for cracks, curling, dents, or holes from hail damage. If you notice any problems, consider calling a professional roofer to conduct a full inspection.

Many people don’t notice a problem with their roof until there is a serious problem. Regular roof maintenance can help avoid disastrous leaks and unexpected roof failure. You should also keep in mind the age of your roof and its materials. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of about 20 years, wood shakes can last from 15 to 40 years, and tile roofs last 50+ years. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, seasonal roof maintenance is extremely important.

For quality residential and commercial roofing in Baltimore, MD, call Recovery Home Improvement, Inc. at (410) 288-1633!