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Summertime Roofing Tips for Homeowners

If you don't want to spend your summer dealing with roofing issues, make sure to invest in some preventive maintenance before it becomes an issue.

Inspect the roof before summer starts to identify any potential problems and fix them now

One of the most important ways to get your roof ready for the summer is to inspect it. Inspecting your roof will give you time to identify any potential problems and fix them.

Some of the things that you will want to look out for are missing shingles, cracked or warped plywood, and moss or lichen growth.

Regularly inspect the roof for any damage, leaks, or missing shingles.

The weather is unpredictable, and a roof can take a beating. Anything from hail to snow can cause damage to roofing shingles. And with the extreme conditions of wintertime, shingles are likely to weaken and disappear in one storm. And when roof shingles are missing, you don't know what you're going to get in terms of water seepage and other problems like mold.

Missing shingles happen because of wind and hail damage, fire damage, or a construction accident. If you don't address this problem soon enough, it will result in water seepage and mold growth which will cause structural damages to your home.

Inspect around chimneys, vents, walls, and other supports for signs of decay or damage from winter storms

When the heat is on, so is the risk of roof failure. Hot days cause rooftops to up their heat absorption by up to 20%. Heat causes significant damage to the roofing material and can lead to a loss of structural integrity.

Concrete and brick structures can lose their structural integrity due to the effects of heat. As a result, concrete can lose its ability to maintain its strength and durability, and the chances of it cracking increase.

Stay Dry Roofing has additional tips for post-winter roofing care before the summer heat. Learn more about them below.

Roof Care Tips for Taking Care of Your Roof After Winter

Tree Limbs

In taking care of your roof once winter has turned to spring, it is important to make sure that you keep all tree limbs and bushes and other landscape foliage trimmed back and away from your home. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch your roof. Tree limbs can easily rub against the roof during storms or in windy conditions, and this can scrap off the protective covering of the shingles, It can even dislodge the shingles, and damage the underlying roof structure.

This will severely reduce the life of a roof, making it more susceptible to water damage and other structural issues. Taking care of your roof by keeping it free of overhanging or touching limbs can go a long way in helping you preserve the structural integrity of your home.

Leaf Matter on the Roof

A little leaf buildup on the roof is fine. In taking care of your roof, you do not have to clean off it after every single storm.  However, if leaf matter is allowed to build, accumulate, and get deep enough to hold moisture, then it needs to be cleaned off. Moisture held against the roof can cause water damage and promote other issues, such as rot and mold.

A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but it is important to use care. You do not want damage the shingles or blow or tear any of them off along with the leaf litter you are removing. This is one of the most important ways you can make sure you are taking care of your roof! (Continued)

You can always trust us at Slaving Home Improvements to provide you with the best results for your roofing needs in Farmington CT. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.

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