For home and business owners, roofing maintenance is often not top of mind. The thought of performing preventative maintenance on does not occur until a leak has sprung and emergency repairs are needed. This is something roofing experts see often.
Summer offers new challenges for your home and roof at this time of year. We have some tips on how you can weather the summer without any stress over your roof. A thorough summertime inspection of your roof should be conducted every year. Here are just a couple steps that should be performed in the summer*
- Gutters and debris – The warm weather makes it an ideal time to clean out any gutter debris. Check that all the gutters and valleys are cleared of any leaf debris or deposits. After any storms, check to make sure the gutters continue to flow properly.
- Moss on the roof – Plants thrive during spring and summer in the West Cost. One plant that does particularly well this time of year is moss. Removing moss and algae from your roof will prevent moisture damage and rot. Most remove moss by using a pressure washer or brushing the moss off. This can be an unsafe job so it may be best to hire a professional roofer to do this for you. Another option is to change your roofing material. Metal roofs are much better at preventing moss growth than shingle or shake roofs.
- Redo your roof – If you are planning on reroofing, summer is the best time to do so. We don’t get a lot of relief from rain in Vancouver, but when we do it is a good time to complete roofing projects.
- Check for any signs of damage – Walk around your house and look at your roof for any sags, missing shingles. Inside your home, look for signs of water seepage such as bubbling paint, stains on your ceiling, or moldy ceilings. These may be signs that it’s time to get your roof repaired or to get a new roof.
Like any other aspect of home maintenance, the trick is to stay ahead of the game and prevent problems before they occur. If you think it might be time for a new roof, contact us today for a free roofing estimate.
*Climbing on a roof can be dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Wet roofs are very slippery and should not be climbed on under any circumstances. Penfolds Roofing does not recommend that any person climb onto a roof without expert training and while making full use of appropriate fall protection equipment. Working off a ladder is likewise to be avoided. The following is a guideline only.