Summer is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. With summer comes the scorching heat, high humidity levels, and severe thunderstorms that Middle Tennessee is all too familiar with. To be blunt, summer weather can easily wreak havoc on your roof. While you cannot change the summer weather, you can give your roof a fighting chance.
Here are three maintenance tips that you can do on your own, from the safety of the ground.
General Roof Inspection
General roof inspections can be done with binoculars and no need to climb up on the roof itself. Simply give your roof a good look over, searching for any signs of missing or damaged shingles, fungal growth, or collections of debris of any kind that may have collected in valley spots. Make sure you check out the flashings around the chimney, vents, and /or skylights. Severe weather can cause flashing to become loose over time, and you don’t want to go into the summer months with flashing that’s already loose.
Inspect Your Eaves
Eaves commonly collect all sorts of unwanted debris. Shady areas under the eaves are notorious for trapping moisture and promoting mold and mildew growth. Sunlight usually prevents mold growth, so if you have other areas of your roof that are particularly shaded, it’s probably a good idea to inspect them thoroughly for mildew or mold. Pests such as wasps and other insects are known to build next in these areas as well. This is a good time to make note of any nests you see as removing them might help protect your yard from stinging insects.
You should always make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to ensure proper water drainages from your roof. Heading into the summer months, you can probably expect to see a good amount of flower blossoms, small branches if you have large trees in your yard, as well as a collection of twigs and seeds. You can test your gutters and downspouts with a garden hose. This should always be done after you clean them. This can point out any leaks that may be present.
Following these three tips, you can rest assured your roof will be prepared for whatever summer has in store. And remember, if you find any problems during your inspections, contact All Roofing Siding & Gutters today for a more in-depth inspection.