Now that summer is ending, and Autumn is beginning, it is time to start getting your roof ready for the new season. With the weather changing, and the leaves beginning to fall, there are many things you can do to keep your home prepared and safe.
First things first, always check your gutters. Make sure they are not clogged and that there is no debris in them. Keep an eye on your gutters throughout the season. If you see leaves landing in them, make sure to clean them out. If your gutter gets clogged, it can force water up onto the roof, causing leaks and damage.
Next, make sure that you do not see any problems with the roof itself. Check for cracks in the roof and other signs of damage. If you are doing this, make sure you are very careful and have experience. Otherwise, please call a professional to come and do a roof inspection. If you have to make any changes to the roof, you will want to do so before the weather gets more intense to avoid the cold.
If you have an attic, double check the insulation to keep the cold outside and to keep you and your family warm.
Double check the trees that surround the house. If any branches are rubbing against the roof, make sure to trim them back to prevent any damage during bad weather. If a branch breaks off of a tree, you definitely want to keep it from landing on your house.
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned to ensure that there is no creosote build up. Creosote is flammable and can start a fire in your chimney.
Finally, do a quick check of your windows and siding, making sure there is no visible damage and/or air leaks. Again, keeping your house warm is important!
As always, if you have any questions, give us a call.