Summer has already arrived. So, it is time for enjoying outdoor activities like going to beach, arranging for a picnic, or grilling and doing maintenance of the outdoor home like cleaning the porch, updating the backyard, or performing seasonal roof maintenance. Outdoor home maintenance does not sound entertaining but it will ensure your home will withstand the summer weather and be ready for fall and winter. Roof maintenance is important and it should be on the primary list of your home maintenance work.
Outdoor Home: Summer Roof Maintenance Tips
Clean Off the Roof from Debris & Dirt
Check if your roof has accumulated algae, moss, or any debris. If yes, put on work gloves, climb up there with a ladder, and remove them carefully. You can do it during the cooler morning hours since the summer days can get quite hot.
Image via: Revelation Roofing
Debris like tree leaves, branches, and bird’s nests can clog your gutter and make the roof dirty. Too much weight on gutters can also make them collapse and thereby damage the roof. Most of the filth are accumulated during the spring storms and summer is the perfect time to clean them out.
Do Careful Inspection
Inspect the roof very carefully to find out if it suffers any leak, damage, or cracks. Check out if there is any broken, missing, or loose shingles. Rainwater and storms can cause the leaks and cracks while high winds can dislodge the shingles. So, if you detect any such damage, call a roofing contractor to fix the problems.
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Check out the Metal Strips
Many roofs have metal strips around the ridge, vents, and chimney. These strips and sometimes the gutters can come loose during winter and spring storms. Repairing or replacing these loosened fixtures this summer will be less expensive than waiting until they are deteriorated or detached.
Cut Down Overhanging Tree Limbs
Having trees around the house is good for many reasons but tree limbs overhanging the roof can be dangerous. They can break down during storms or rough weather and cause substantial damage to the roof. So, if there is any dead branches hanging over your roof, cut them down.
Image via: Smith & Vansant
Timely performing the outdoor home maintenance tasks is like investing for the long-term good health of your home. These roof maintenance tasks will not take more than a couple of hours but they will save both your time and money on repairs in the long run. However, if your roof seems to have bigger problems, it would be better to take help from a professional roofer.
Have you started your outdoor home maintenance yet? Share your experience!
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