The end of summer is an ideal time for taking care of some roof maintenance and repairs. The weather is starting to cool down a little and you don’t have to worry too much about inclement weather interrupting your plans. But most people don’t want to spend the finals days of summer working on their roofs. And since roofs are typically out-of-sight, out-of-mind potential problems often go undiscovered and neglected where they can lead to bigger, more expensive problems. So while it may not be the most fun way to spend your time, here are a few roof maintenance tasks you should probably take care of.
Homeowners typically don’t think about cleaning out their rain gutters until the fall, if they think of cleaning them at all. But twigs, pine needles, seedpods and birds’ nests often end up in rain gutters throughout the summer as well and if your gutters are already starting to get clogged when the leaves start to fall, they will clog up completely that much faster. Better to grab the ladder, some gloves, and a bucket and start making your way around your home cleaning out those gutters.
You can also help out your rain gutter system by being proactive. Trimming back trees that hang over your roof means you won’t have to clean out the gutters every couple weeks throughout the fall. You may also want to install rain gutter guards if you have a lot of trees surrounding your home.
Moss, mold, algae treatment
Warm rainy days in the summer months create a perfect environment for moss, mold, and algae to grow on your shingles. Mold and algae are unsightly and moss behaves like a sponge holding water on your roof leading to premature failure of your shingles so it’s important to take care of it by treating it with the right chemicals that will kill them without staining your roof. Don’t use a pressure washer or you might remove the ceramic granules that protect your shingles from the sun’s rays.
Get your roof inspected
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your roof looked at by a professional, schedule a free inspection with a Spokane roofing company to make sure your roof is ready for the fall and winter seasons.
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Source: care2. com/greenliving/roof-maintenance-tips-for-the-end-of-summer.html