Prepping Your Roof for the Fall Months

Cleaning Gutters

Between now and the first freeze of winter, there are steps you can take to prepare your roof for the upcoming bad weather and to maintain the life of your roof.

The first is to clean your gutters.

You might be surprised at how much debris can collect on your roof and in your gutters during the spring and summer months. Overtime, when leaves, twigs and other debris pile up in your gutter system, it can create a clog in the downspouts causing the rainwater to overflow the gutters, eventually damaging your roof, trim and siding. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause your gutters to pull loose from the anchor point or even worse, collapse.

Additionally, leaves and other debris that start to pile up on your roof, can act as a trap for moisture, leading to the growth of mold and mildew — which can then start to damage the surface of your roof.

Clogged gutters can be a big problem when winter arrives, as standing water can freeze, forming ice dams that will trap more snow and ice on your roof, adding a great deal of extra weight to your gutters. This can cause your gutter to break away from your home if you aren’t careful.

Trim the Trees

It’s important to trim back any branches that might cause an unexpected and expensive repair during the winter months. Tree limbs and branches that overhang your roof will shed leaves in the fall and clog your gutters if not properly maintained. High winds, and the added weight of ice or snow can cause these branches to break and damage your roof as well.

Don’t Forget the Attic

To take a look at your roof from the inside, simply head up to the attic. If there are any areas where you can see sunlight coming in, water can come through as well, so you’ll need to make repairs right away. Check for any signs of mold or mildew which can lead to a number of problems if left untreated, and can be a major health hazard within your home. Ensure your attic has proper airflow and insulation to eliminate moisture problems from condensation, as well as maintain optimum energy efficiency.

Before more leaves start to pile on top of all of this lingering debris, the best thing you can do is have a professional get up on your roof to clear away any debris.

To ensure your family stays safe and warm all winter long, contact Storm Guard for all your roofing and gutter needs. For more gutter information, click here.

Contact Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Chantilly to schedule your FREE, no-obligation roof inspection today or call us now at 703-421-7340!