The fall season can carry a wide range of different temperatures and weather conditions with it, and it also comes with the falling and buildup of large amounts of organic debris as trees shed their leaves. This can greatly increase the amount of wear and tear that your roof experiences and can make roofing damage or a leak much more likely. Fortunately, there are a few simple maintenance tasks that you can perform to ensure that your roof is in the best condition possible for the fall months.
One of the most important things that you should do once the leaves start changing colors is clean out your gutters. You want to make sure that water is able to pass easily through your gutter system and not overflow, where it can cause water damage within your home and even lead to basement flooding. Be sure that your downspouts are installed so that water is properly drained away from the sides of your home and that there are no hidden blockages within them either. For best results (and to reduce the amount of time that you have to spend on a ladder), you may want to invest in gutter guards to cover the opening of your gutters to minimize the amount of organic debris that collects within them throughout the season.
Trim Back Trees
In a similar line to the above point, you should also take a look at the trees that surround your house. If any branches hang over your roof, or if a tree is growing to the point where most of the canopy is over the roof, you may want to consider calling an arborist about trimming those limbs back or removing the tree entirely. Not only will this reduce the amount of organic debris that may end up on your roof and in your gutters, which can affect drainage and keep water on your roof to the point of causing a leak, but it will also reduce the risk of a tree branch falling off and causing physical damage to your roof during a storm.
Flashing, which refers to the metal or plastic seal which is installed around the base of any installation (like vents, fans, and chimneys) on your roof, is one of the primary sources of roof leaks. You'll want to get up on your roof to inspect the condition of your flashing – make sure that it is tight against the installation it is installed around, as any gaps can allow a slow and gradual leak which can cause significant amounts of damage within your home. You may also want to replace your flashing if you notice any signs of cracking, breaking, or rust – in the case of metal flashing – to ensure its structural stability throughout the fall and subsequent winter months.
For more information and help with maintaining your roof, contact a professional repair company, like Landmark Roofing.