Don’t Forget About Fall Roof Maintenance!
With spring and summer now past us, it’s not too late to focus on your home before winter hits the Baltimore metro area! If you’ve lived in Maryland for any length of time, you know that our winters can not only be cold and frigid, but bring about significant inclement weather (mounds of snow and ice). It is important that your home, and particularly your roof, is prepared for the winter. To do this, you can prep your roof for winter with routine roofing maintenance in the fall. In this article, we will provide some tips to ensure that your roof is in the best shape and prepared for winter!
Removing Debris & Leaves From Gutters
One of the most common causes of leaks is overflowing and clogged gutters and downspouts. It is important for the health of your home to ensure your gutters are debris free. The risk of clogged gutters can result in water pouring into your home through your siding and fascia. This is also where ice dams can form over the edge of your roof where your gutter holds onto moisture. Removing an ice dam can be much more expensive than ensuring your gutters are clear (this can also be implemented by having a leaf or gutter guard installed on to your home).
Clean Your Roof From Tree Debris
Is your roof surrounded by trees? As beautiful as nature is, it can wreak havoc onto your roof! With the changing of seasons, trees can start dropping their leaves and branches all over your roof. This debris can clog up your gutter system, as well as damage your roof. Falling twigs and branches can penetrate through your shingle and decking causing leaks to develop. Ensure your roof is cleared prior to winter coming!
The health of your shingles is critical to your home’s roofing system. Shingles are not designed to last forever. Over time as they age and are exposed to Mother Nature, asphalt shingles will begin to crack, wrap, lift off, or even get blown off by wind storms. Your shingles may even suffer granular loss if you have a hail storm impact your area, and home. It is extremely important to take care of this prior to winter snow storms. This can lead to expensive repairs, and interior water damage. Damaged shingles can expose your roof decking, requiring not only your shingles to be replaced, but your rotted wood decking as well.
Not every roof needs to be replaced. We provide roof tuneup services. Prior to winter, you can have your roof tuneup which includes tightening loose shingles, replacing blown off shingles, repairs of nail pops, caulking and sealing vents and flashing, patching broken seams and repairing pipe gaskets. This also include gutter tune-up and cleaning.
Moreover, a tune-up will also include a full roof inspection to check for any signs of wind, hail or storm damage. If you have storm damage, you may qualify for a full roof replacement through your insurance.
If your roof is leaking, missing shingles, or you have clogged gutters, give us a call today! It is not too late to care for your roof, and to have a fall roof tune-up! Waiting for winter to arrive with a compromised roof can lead to expensive repairs and interior water damage! We provide roof repair across the Baltimore metropolitan area! We work on all types of roofs including asphalt shingles, metal, flat and slate roofs! Visit us at www.bestmarylandroofingpros.com for more information!