This is a great time of year to get outside and inspect your roof and do any summer roof maintenance projects that are needed. Not only is it warm, but also maintenance now will help you get ready for the tumultuous fall and winter months.
First, look from the ground for damage such as loose shingles, moss, algae, and also any debris.
Use a ladder to get up on the roof and clean up moss or algae with soap and water and a scrub brush. A cloudy day is the best time to do this not only to protect your own skin, but so the solution doesn’t dry out quickly. It is not recommended to use a strong pressure washer as it can damage the shingles.
Again, up on the ladder, check the flashing (metal stripping) around the chimney, vents, or ridge. These areas are where the majority of water damage comes from as water can seep through if they are damaged or worn.
Clean out the gutters. This should be done twice a year. Leaves braches and all kinds of debris can get stuck in there—and its the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes! Be aware of any stinging insects while doing this. If you see that the gutters have become loose, you can tighten them up with a wrench.
Trim back any tree branches hanging over the roof to prevent them from damaging it, and to prevent animals from damaging your roof as well.
Lastly, it is not a great idea to put heavy decorative items on your roof. If you have these items you may consider taking them down to extend the life of your roof.
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