Summer has arrived and we’re all anxious to get out and do summer fun activities, but don’t neglect necessary home improvements during this time of year!
Without the rain, it’s easy to forget about roof maintenance, but heat can cause just as much damage this time of year as any other season.
Inspect your roof and gutters for damage that may have been caused over the winter months and prevent future issues that be worsened by the summer heat. Roof maintenance including moss removal are crucial in extending the life your roof. If your roof goes too long without proper maintenance, you may be headed for a roof replacement sooner than later. Here are a few tips on what to look for.
Check for missing, curling or damaged shingles
Depending on the steepness and height of your home, you may be able to do a quick visual check from the ground. Missing and curling shingles can be an easy thing to spot, but if your granules have started falling off exposing the shingle, this may be a bit tougher to identify. If you are not comfortable on a ladder or not sure about identifying these issues, our roof estimates are free. Please call to schedule a free, thorough roof evaluation 503-397-2215.
Inspect the gutters for granules or clogs
Check your gutters and remove debris as necessary and check your downspouts by running water through to make sure they are draining properly. If clogs are left for the winter, once it starts raining, that standing water will find other places to go and typically finds its way into your home. The other thing you might find in your gutters are granules. When shingles start to lose their granules, they typically run off into the gutters. If you find a build up of these granules in your gutters, it’s a sign that your shingles are ready to be replaced. The granules that are on your shingles are what protect the rest of your roofing system from damage. Once that primary barrier is weak, that can only lead to roofing issues and leaks.
Remove debris and trim branches
Trees can be a nuisance to your roof. Lightly brush off any debris on your roof and trim low hanging tree branches that are likely to fall onto your roof or scrape the shingles. Debris build up on your roof such as pine needles can collect water and hold moisture. The longer it sits on your shingles, the more damage it’s going to cause. Don’t try to scrape or pressure wash your roof. This can cause damage to the shingles and remove the granules that protect your shingle. If you have moss or algae, a roof cleaning may be an important part of your roof maintenance. Living in the Pacific Northwest, roof maintenance is recommended every two years. If you are in need of a roof cleaning, our services include the Roof Shampoo Roof Cleaning System. Find out more about it here and call us for a free estimate 503-397-2215.
Inspect the attic
Look in your attic and see if you can spot any areas where light may be coming in. This can be an indication that critters have damaged your roof and made their way into your attic. The other important thing to check for is moisture build up and mold. Moisture build up and mold could be a result of an active leak, but it could also be a result of poor ventilation. Call us for a free inspection that includes a thorough evaluation of your roofing system from the exterior roof top, the interior attic space and the ventilation system – 503-397-2215.