Summer is all about having fun, but it is also a time to perform vital maintenance on your roof. This time of year doesn't only have high temperatures and humidity, but it also has thunderstorms, heavy rain, and high winds -- all of which can do damage to your roof. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to ensure that your roof is prepared to handle summer weather conditions and is in good overall shape.
Your Checklist to Summer Roof Maintenance
Before you get started, the one thing that you need to remember is that the best time of day to perform your roof maintenance is as early in the morning as possible. Summertime brings about some increasingly hot weather, and you don't want to suffer a heat stroke as you are ensuring your roof is in good shape. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a pair of binoculars, a good pair of work gloves, and a ladder.
Visually Inspect Your Roof
This can be done from the ground and is where the binoculars can come in handy. As you walk around your home, you will perform a visual inspection from the ground. You will be looking for any signs of damage, including cracked/dented shingles, missing shingles, lifted shingles, fungal growth and gathered debris (especially in corners and/or valleys).
Check for Loose Gutters
Get onto your ladder and check to see if any of your gutters are loose. It isn't uncommon for them to become loose over time, especially from storms. If any bolts have loosened, tighten them. As you go, make sure that your gutters are properly aligned and angled to ensure that water is correctly diverted away from the home.
Clean the Gutters
Over time, your gutters will accumulate a lot of twigs, leaves, flowers blossoms, seeds, and various other debris. It is important to clean this debris out or it can cause a major clog, which often leads to roofing issues. Once you have cleaned your gutters, use a garden hose to run water through them to make sure that water flows freely and that there are no leaks that need to be sealed.
Inspect the Flashing
Use your ladder to carefully get onto your roof so that you can inspect your metal flashing. The flashing is most commonly around your chimney, vents, skylights, and other protrusions in the roof. Storms can cause flashing to loosen and it also deteriorates over the years.
If you don't have the time to perform the above-mentioned maintenance tasks on your own, don't hesitate to arrange for a local roofing service to perform them for you. They'll be able to replace damaged roof shingles and other parts for you!