The kids are back in school, the air is turning colder, and the leaves are falling from the trees. The squirrels have started collecting nuts for the winter, the birds are flying south, and Christmas decorations (gasp!) have already started to pop up in the stores. You’ve got work to do, too! It’s time to prepare your home for the coming winter, and that means taking care of some fall roof work and maintenance.
What do you need to take care of in the fall, in terms of your roof? Where should you focus your precious time, energy, and budget while the days get shorter? We can help you prioritize your roofing tasks to help you take the best care possible of your roof this fall.
If You Need to, Now Is the Time to Replace Your Roof
It’s an unfortunate reality of home ownership: all roofs need to be replaced eventually. And, when that time comes for your roof, you’ll want to plan for a fall replacement if you can. You might be surprised to know that fall is a sought-after time for roofing services, especially for roof replacements. Why? Because summer and winter aren’t ideal times to replace your roof, due to extreme weather and temperatures. Spring is a good second choice, but it tends to be a wetter season, plus with a fall roof replacement, you get the benefit of a fresh, sturdy roof through the whole winter. Roofing companies book up well in advance for fall roof work, so plan ahead if you know this milestone is coming for your home.
Clean Your Gutters and Inspect for Damage
The trade off for enjoying the beautiful foliage of fall is having to clean out your gutters. This should be a part of everyone’s regular autumn home maintenance, even if you don’t live in an area with lots of trees that lose their leaves. Gutter damage and disrepair can lead pretty immediately to roof damage, as it can allow water to flow onto your walls or stand on your roof. Cleaning your gutters is the perfect opportunity to inspect them for damage, to ensure you won’t be dealing with bigger headaches as the winter months approach.
Check for Roof Damage from Severe Summer Weather
While you’re up on your ladder, cleaning your gutters, take a good look around at your roof. Do you see any missing shingles? Any signs of sagging? Any places where water seems to be collecting on your roof? Summer storms can wreak havoc on your roof, and autumn’s relative calm is the perfect time to take stock and see if there was damage done that warrants more attention. If you’re in doubt, give your local, trusted pro a call – they’ll give you a free estimate and give you an honest, experienced opinion on whether any damage requires immediate attention.
Take a Look in Your Attic
When was the last time you looked around in your attic? A lot of people avoid visits to their attic, especially in the hottest summer months, but it’s a perfect place to check for early signs of roof damage or deterioration. Check to make sure your insulation still looks good and is evenly distributed, plus look for any signs of leaks or any places critters might have found their way in as they begin to avoid the chilly temperatures outside.
Trim Your Trees
If you have trees that overhang or are very close to your roof, fall is the perfect time to trim them back. Branches that have been damaged by summer storms can be just waiting until the winter winds pick up to fall onto your roof. Autumn is a good time of year to address any arboreal issues, and as an added benefit, it’ll make your gutter cleaning job that much easier once you have removed any branches that reach over your roof.
Call in the Chimney Sweep
If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, make sure you’re attending to its regular maintenance, too. Any structural issues, especially where the chimney passes through the roof, should be dealt with before you kick off the cozy fire season in your home.
With a little planning, it’s not too big of a task to take care of your roof properly throughout the year. If you uncover anything that needs further attention, or if you’re just not sure whether a problem that looks small really is, please don’t hesitate to call your trusted, local roofer.