Freezing temperatures can take its toll on your exterior, especially your roof, which is why it’s important that you do a bit of roofing maintenance during fall. To help you get started with fall maintenance, here are best practices for residential roofs.
Clean Your Gutters
How often should you clean your gutters? Contractors would normally recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice every year, ideally in spring and fall. However, it ultimately depends on whether your home is surrounded by a lot of trees and how windy it gets in your area in fall. Strong winds can easily knock down leaves and branches, causing some of the foliage to land in your gutters.
It’s also important that a professional roofing contractor inspects your gutters for leaks and to make sure they’re working properly before the start of winter.
Schedule a Roof Inspection
The last thing anyone wants in the middle of winter is a leaky roof that allows heat to escape while allowing water and snow to infiltrate your home. That’s why it’s important to schedule a roof inspection during fall.
Inspect Your Attic
Since the attic is located under your roof, it’s where the first warning signs of a roof leak or moisture damage appear. Moisture damage is especially problematic in the colder months because it usually goes hand in hand with mold damage. Remember: damp environments are the perfect breeding ground for mold, which can quickly affect other parts of your home.
One more thing: don’t forget to vet your contractor before hiring one. Here’s a vetting tip: the number of years a contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of the person’s level of expertise.
Tedrick’s Roofing, a company with over 25 years of experience, offers professional roofing services. To request a free estimate, call us at (877) 212-9355, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Auburn, WA, as well as the surrounding communities.