Summer Cleaning The Roof Checklist for Your Home

As we continue through summer, this is the perfect time to start the audit or check-up process on your residential roof. There are a few major areas that should be checked often to prevent leaks, clogged gutters, and other issues. This will also ensure that you have simple wear tear and not any type of storm damage. So we wanted to provide you a list of what to look for on your roof during a DIY inspection. We always recommend hiring a professional to do this because they know the differences between wear and tear on your roof and storm damage from wind or hail.

 

  • Check Your Gutters

 

Clogged gutters can easily cause numerous problems in both the spring and winter months. In the winter, a clogged gutter can lead to ice build up and ice dams. In the spring and summer, clogged gutters can cause overflowing water which can cause damage to your foundation.

If possible, start by cleaning out your gutters by hand. You’ll want to remove any leaves, twigs, and seeds that have collected. After you’ve cleaned out your gutters usually the next step is to flush them but be sure to take out everything that could potentially clog your downspout. You can simply use a garden hose to do this.

 

  • Inspect Your Roof

 

This can be done from the ground with binoculars or more thoroughly by climbing the roof. Be very careful when completing this step and if you can, call a professional to do it instead. You’ll want to look for damaged shingles that are missing or broken. Check for moss growth on your roof, and the flashing around pipe boots and dormers. 

 

  • Inspect Your Siding

 

You’ll want to look for cracks and weak spots. If you have either that can lead to moisture getting in between your siding and house which of course leads to mold and mildew. The worse case scenario is an infestation of small critters and bugs. Termites can seek out the warmth that exists between your home and siding.

Ready to hire a professional to complete your roof inspection? Call us at 704.663.7521



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