The cooler temperatures and start of the new school year all point toward one thing — autumn is almost here! We’re so excited to be entering our favorite season that we started fall preparations a little early this year, and we’re here to help you do the same. Follow the quick guide below to make sure your Philadelphia roof is in mint condition for the upcoming cold weather.
Clean Your Gutters
This is arguably the most important step of DIY roof maintenance. Gutters help to guide rainwater and, later in the year, melted snow away from your home’s foundation, substantially decreasing the risk of water damage and other serious issues. However, if your gutters are clogged with fallen leaves, twigs, little critters, baseballs, or other items, the water will pool on your roof and start leaking into the shingles or on the exterior of your house instead.
Before we reach the peak of the rainy season in Philadelphia, it’s a good idea to grab a ladder and clean your gutters of any debris that might cause potential clogs. Doing so will save you a lot of hassle and money in roof repairs in the long run.
Clean Other Debris
Although most debris will eventually settle down in your gutters, some may get stuck on your roof for whatever reason. While you’re cleaning your gutters, make sure you clean your roof as well. Anything that’s lying on the surface or stuck between the shingles can collect moisture and increase the risk of algae or mold growth. Use a broom to gently sweep at the debris until it detaches and falls away.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Trees are a beautiful part of your home’s landscape, but they can pose a great threat to your roof.
It’s best to trim overhanging branches, so there is at least six feet of distance between the branch and the roof. It looks like your home could benefit from social distancing guidelines too!
Schedule an Inspection
Last but not least, don’t forget to schedule your annual inspection with an expert roofing contractor. Professional roofing specialists are trained to inspect roofs for all possible signs of damage. They can provide you with peace of mind that you, your family, and your home will be protected throughout the fall and winter seasons.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of Philadelphia’s top roofing companies, contact us today!