Autumn brings falling leaves, apple cider, and cooler weather. Here in Michigan, it brings the promise that Winter isn’t far behind. Since pumpkin spice shingles aren’t a thing (yet), we wanted to offer up some fall maintenance tips to keep your roof happy and healthy through these cooler seasons.
Clean Your Gutters: The changing leaves are beautiful to look at, but they bring hazards. One of the most common reasons for blocked gutters are leaves and other debris. Roofs are designed to shed water, and on most homes, that water flows into a gutter system. Clogged gutters and downspouts can send water back onto the roof and damage shingles, seep through underlayment, and cause leaks. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts ensures the water is properly directed away from your roof.
Trim Back Your Trees: How did those leaves get into your gutters in the first place? In most cases, it’s from trees that overhang your roof. Trimming back trees can reduce this leaf fall, as well as prevent any branches from rubbing against your roof and damaging it. A bonus: trimming back trees can reduce the growth of algae, lichen, and moss which damage your shingles and shorten their lifespan.
Have Your Roof Inspected: Just like you, your roof needs a checkup to make sure it’s still healthy. Having an expert inspect your roof can catch problems before they result in costly damage to your home. Impending snow and cold temperatures make your roof vulnerable; Fall is the perfect time for a proactive In-Depth Analysis.
Repair Any Known Problems: If there is a problem with your roof, wintry weather won’t make it better. Proactively repairing your roof in the fall is a terrific way to provide peace of mind over the winter and in spring when snow melts and rain comes. Pair repairs with a No-Leak Certification for a guarantee that your roof will be watertight until the following Autumn.
Thankfully getting your roof ready for chilly temperatures is easy. The best gift you can give your roof is regular maintenance (the shingles didn’t appreciate the cardigan we knitted). We’re here for you, every step of the way, so give us a call or send us an email. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!