Posted on: 3 September 2020
The change to fall from summer can lead to quite a change in scenery on your property, especially if you have a lot of trees that will soon be changing colors. But the arrival of fall can also bring with it some additional concerns for you as a homeowner, and this includes what's going on at the top of your house. If you want your residential roofing to make it through the fall season without issue, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Keep an Eye on Those Leaves
Watching the leaves fall off of your trees and slowly take over your yard is often a sight that some homeowners look forward to in the fall. The one place you don't want to see those leaves falling, however, is onto your roof and then into your gutter or downspout system. A surplus of leaves in your gutters will make it easier for water to clog up and then for a leak to occur. If you live in an area where it gets especially cold even before winter officially arrives, those leaves could help the water freeze because stopped or slower moving water freezes faster than water that is flowing freely. Keep your gutters clear of leaves and other debris for the best results.
Trim Those Trees
If you know for a fact that you have some trees close to your house that are a problem every year, why not just fix the source of the problem instead of having to drag the ladder out to clean the gutters again and again? The start of fall is a good time to get someone out to the home to trim away any branches that a little too close to the house. This will hopefully encourage the remaining leaves to fall elsewhere, although you should still periodically check the gutters just to make sure the wind isn't blowing leaves into the gutters anyway.
Double Check Your Flashing and Other Weak Points for Leaks
The change from hot to cooler weather often creates weather conditions that can cause it to rain more often than it did during the summer. More rain means more opportunities for a leak on your roof. Take a walk along your roof and make sure the flashing is intact and that no shingles need to be replaced.
Better yet, get your entire roof inspected by a professional so any repairs can be made before the problem turns into one that is more costly. Contact a local residential roofing contractor today to get started.Share