During the summer, many people spend the time sunbathing by the pool, dipping their toes into the sand, or going on vacations. While you can still do these things, it is also important that you do not overlook the importance of roof maintenance. If you want to ensure that your roofing system looks good and lasts for years, there are certain tasks that need to be performed regularly, especially throughout the summertime. Here are three of those maintenance tasks.
Inspect for Leaks
Depending on the type of leak that your roof has, it can be subtle or obvious. If you have a small leak, it may go unnoticed for several months, especially if it is located in an area that is not used on a regular basis, such as a guest bathroom or storage space. Unfortunately, the longer the leak is present, the more damage it is going to cause. Since summer brings mostly good weather with it, you should take advantage of the season and inspect the roof and the ceiling for leaks. Check for damage in the attic, and make sure to pay attention to areas around skylights, pipes, and gaskets.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters is a job that really no one wants to do, but it is also a job that has to get done. If the gutters do not get cleaned, all of that debris that is left in there will result in problems later down the road for your home's drainage system. You will want to make certain that all debris is removed from the gutter system, and don't forget to check the drain spouts for potential clogs. Also, make sure that the gutters and spouts are not loose, bent, or cracked. As soon as you are finished with the cleaning and inspection, add some water to the gutters and track it to ensure that the water flows properly.
Trim Trees Near the Roof
When tree branches are hanging over your roof, there is a risk that they will puncture your shingles. In addition, these overhanging branches can keep your shingles from properly drying after a rainstorm. When your shingles get soggy, it shortens their lifespan. Plus, the excess moisture can result in the wood beneath the roofing material rotting. To prevent damage to your roof, make sure that you're trimming the trees regularly.
If you are unable to tackle these summer maintenance tasks yourself, simply hire a roofing contractor or the necessary professional to do them for you.