Fall is a favorite season for many, with thoughts of pumpkin patches and changing leaves entering the minds of many homeowners and their families. But as a homeowner, fall should also be the time that you start thinking about preparing your house for the rough weather ahead. The roof in particular can sometimes be one area of the house that sometimes gets overlooked when it comes to fall maintenance. Here are three areas of your roof that you will want to make sure you check out or hire a professional roofing company to check for you before the weather turns cold.
If You Don't Catch That Bad Shingle Now, Good Luck with It in the Winter
Fall is the perfect time to take a close look at every roof shingle and look for signs of decay. If you have something that looks like it could spring a leak in your roof, you need to get it fixed ASAP. If you wait until the first snow of the year starts to melt on a slightly warmer day in December, you will likely find out about that leak the hard way. It will also be much tougher to get up onto the roof to fix a problem once it's covered in ice. Get everything checked out before the mercury drops so you can have some peace of mind when the snow does arrive.
Seal It Up Tight
Even if there's not an obvious problem with a shingle, you should also look closely at your roof's flashing and the caulk used to seal everything together. Pay special attention near the chimney and any other area where you may have installed an artificial structure like a satellite dish. A decaying or faulty caulking job can also lead to a leak, even if the shingles around the area look fine at first glance.
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts Before the Snow and Ice Causes Problems
Your gutters and downspout system will fill with snow and ice during the winter months. If you have not properly cleaned these areas before winter arrives, you could end up having a problem where the melted snow or ice does not drain properly and ends up causing foundation damage to your house by dropping a stream of water in just one spot.
It's important to check your roof thoroughly every fall before Old Man Winter comes to town. Hire a professional roofing company to inspect each shingle, the roof's caulk and flashing, and don't forget to get your gutters and downspouts cleaned of debris from the summer before the snow and ice arrive.
For more information, contact Ranger Roofing or a similar company.