We see this happen all the time: a homeowner pays a good chunk of change for a new roof and then completely and utterly forgets about it. In fact, most homeowners don’t think about the health of their roof until there’s a big problem.
Spring and summer is the best time of year to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape. Since we don’t want you to be one of those “typical” homeowners who never thinks about their roof, we decided to put together a three-step checklist for you. These three easy steps will help you take care of your roof like a pro.
1. Keep an eye on your gutters
During the summer, when gutters become clogged with branches, leafs, or other debris, there's a good chance water will get sent up, under your roof. And while you're up on the ladder checking for debris, take a minute to make sure your gutters are firmly attached to the house, too. It's common for gutters to come a bit loose during a storm. Simply tightening a few gutter bolts can greatly reduce the risk of roof damage. Clogged gutters, during any season, have the potential to cause damage to your roof, so the best option is to simply keep a close eye on your gutters all year 'round.
2. Trim tree branches near your roof
Since we live in the Midwest, we're bound to have a few rough storms throughout the summer season. The best way to proactively protect your roof from storm damage is to prune overgrown trees so they don't present as a potential risk during the next summer storm.
3. Snap a picture
Put that smartphone in your pocket to good use! If you know your roof is in excellent shape, take a few pictures from every angle. Now you have a fool-proof way to keep track of any changes to the health of your roof.
We share this roofing care advice with you because we know if you are able to complete a yearly maintenance check up on your roof, you can really save a good chunk of change.
If you don't feel comfortable climbing up on a ladder and doing this roof inspection yourself, don't hesitate to give us a call, we are more than happy to talk with you about what your roof needs.