Your home’s roof is important not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for the integrity of the house itself. Cracked or missing shingles, rot, and clogged gutters can all lead to expensive repairs for your roof, and even interior damages. To avoid unnecessary costs and repairs, it’s important to routinely check your roof for any problem areas, and summer is the perfect time to do so!
With less rain and more sunny days ahead, summer is a great time to examine and repair any issues that your roof may have. Whether the issue is cosmetic or structural, promptly fixing the problem will keep your expenses at a minimum and your home in overall great condition. To keep your roof in tip-top shape, here are 5 roof maintenance tips for summer:
- Clean out your gutters
During the winter months, leaves, sticks, and branches can cause blockage in your gutters. If the blockage isn’t removed in time, the debris can cause algae and mold growth and ultimately lead to a leaky roof. The debris can also create the ideal home for pests and infestations; another costly and bothersome factor.
- Inspect your roof for missing tiles/shingles
Every now and then, tiles and shingles can slide off our roofs without us even noticing. It’s important to take the time to inspect your roof for any missing materials before water damage or rodents are able to wreak havoc inside your home. Replacing any missing tiles or shingles is ideal in the summertime in order to be proactive against the storms and rainfall in autumn and winter.
- Check your surroundings
If you notice any tree branches or limbs creeping towards your house, cut them away to minimize risk. Unexpected winds storms or just the weight of the branches themselves can pose a serious threat to your roof.
- Take a look at your ventilation
Moisture in the home is inevitable, which is why interior fans are installed in most houses. During the winter, moisture and cold air can create a damp environment for mold and mildew to grow. In the summer, excessive heat from a lack of ventilation can cause warping of shingles and tiles, leading to an expensive repair.
- Monitor your skylights
Skylights are a great way to let some extra natural light into your home. However, they can also be costly to replace or repair if they aren’t properly maintained. To make sure that your skylights remain functional and sealed, inspect the flashing for any loose areas or weakened sealant. Occasional hail storms or heavy rains can also cause window damages, so make sure to check for cracked glass as well.
At Mastercraft Roofing Northwest, our roofing contractors are experts at roof replacements, installments, and maintenance work. We promise to work alongside our customers, walking them through our assessment methods, roofing product selections, and installation procedures. Located in the Pacific Northwest, we proudly service Renton, Seattle, and Tacoma-based homes. For more information or to request a free estimate today, contact us online or by calling 425-919-8405. We look forward to working with you!