Preparing Your Roof for Fall: Cleanup & Maintenance Tips

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Getting your home ready for fall is not a difficult task, but it requires some planning and proper maintenance. The roof is the most important thing to pay attention to as it keeps you safe, dry, and comfortable, no matter the weather. 

And with the coming rains and storms, it’s more important than ever to check up on your roof and be 100% certain that it will stand strong this fall, as well as winter. A thorough roof checkup will help you detect any tiny roofing problems that need to be addressed before they turn into big and costly ones.

So, go through our fall cleanup and maintenance tips to discover how in a few simple but crucial steps, you can stay on top of any roof issues and enjoy this fall with great peace of mind.

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Clean Off Any Debris

The first thing you need to do is check for any debris on your roof and around your house. Remove the fallen branches, garbage blown in during a storm, damp leaves, and dirt accumulated over the year. If left unattended, the debris might start accumulating moisture, adding extra pressure to your roof, and thus lead to both water and structural damage. You can use a broom or a leaf blower to safely clean off all the debris from the roof.

It’s also advised to trim the trees around your house (if you have any) to minimize the buildup of twigs, branches, and leaves that will end up on your roof during the following months.

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Check for Roof Damage

While cleaning off the debris, always safely from the ground, you can also see if you notice any cracked, curled, or buckling shingles. There might even be a shingle or two that’s completely missing. Shingles can get damaged or go missing like this during severe weather conditions, which can, in turn, weaken your roof and lead to future leaks. But if you catch and repair them on time, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

In addition to that, you should also pay attention to any loose roofing materials i.e. flashing around chimneys, skylights, and similar roofing parts. Flashing is crucial in preventing water from seeping inside the roof and your home, so if it’s loose, call your roofer to reseal or replace it.

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Clean the Gutters

The debris can also accumulate significantly in the gutters, and this is something you’d also want to avoid at all costs. The debris will clog up the gutter system, preventing rainwater from flowing off of your roof and, instead, leading to water pooling on top of it, going under the shingles, and causing moisture damage and leaks. Rainwater can then also seep down the siding of your house, damaging it as well and damaging the landscape around your house.

You can clean the gutters with a simple scoop and then finish them off with a garden hose to make sure all the downspouts are free and clear from blockages. 

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Check the Attic Air Flow

Now you can head up to the attic to check if it’s properly ventilated and if there are any signs of damage there. Since your attic is also a part of a roofing system, it needs to provide adequate airflow for the whole system to function. You want to avoid moisture buildup that can cause water leaks and damage your walls, ceilings, and roof and the way to do it is by installing or updating your roof and attic ventilation.

While you are at it, check the insulation to make sure it keeps the heat in and have it replaced if it looks frayed. Heat escaping your home can compromise the integrity of your roof and make your energy bills literally go through the roof.

Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection with Revived Exteriors

Save your money on future roofing repairs and call experienced roofers Arlington Heights to do a thorough roof inspection for you. Our professionals have the knowledge, tools, and experience to do the necessary residential roofing work and keep your roof working great. So get in touch with us and have your roof ready for fall!

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