Get Your Roof Ready For Summer
Due to the snow, ice from winter, and the rains that we see in the springtime, your roof is probably in need of a little attention.
And it's important to give it this attention before the hot summer months are upon us.
Summers have the potential to bring extreme heat and humidity as well as thunder and hail storms.
Many homes can take a real beating during the summer and could end up needing extensive roof repairs or even a roof replacement.
While we can't control mother nature, there are things we can do to prepare our roofs for her wrath, like getting an inspection by a local roofing contractor.
In the article below, we will discuss a few ways to get your roof ready for summer.
1. Protect From Sun Damage
While there is no way to protect your roof from sun damage completely, there are a few things you can do to lessen its impact.
Newer roofing materials are designed to withstand harsh sun rays better than older roofing materials.
So if you happen to need a new roof, be sure to choose a roofing material that can stand up to the sun.
The signs of sun damage aren't always easy to spot, so it's a good idea to have your roof inspected in the Spring so you can get a good idea of the shape your roof is in.
Fortunately, a professional roofer from TK Roofing and Gutters can perform a thorough roof inspection to make sure it's ready for the summer heat.
2. Clean Your Gutter
Between dirt, leaves, and other debris that get blown around by the spring storms, your gutters will definitely need some attention before the summer arrives.
Even if you cleaned your gutter in the fall, there's still a good chance they've been clogged with gunk over winter, so you should inspect their condition.
Before the intense heat of summer arrives, you should clean out your gutters.
Once your gutters have been cleared of any debris, run some water through them with your garden hose.
This will help you find any leaks or blockages in the downspout.
3. Look Out for Water Damage
Water damage causes the vast majority of roofing issues.
Just because it's summer doesn't make that fact any less true.
When your roof is cooking under the hot summer sun, cracking or seam issues can arise which will let water in the next time it rains.
This can cause a huge mess and lead to many more problems in the future.
So even if you're expecting a hot, dry summer, you should still keep in mind that water damage can strike at any time.
4. Pay Attention To Foliage, Downed Branches, & More
Summer thunderstorms and even light showers can cause more damage than you may realize.
You need to ensure that your roof is prepared for whatever summer may throw at it.
Sometimes damage to your roof in the summer isn't caused by the heat, sun, or water.
Sometimes it can be caused to the things that surround your roof.
Having large trees overhanging your house might provide excellent shade, but they can also cause a lot of damage.
If a tree branch or even the entire tree were to fall over during a thunderstorm, it can cause a significant amount of damage to your roof.
It's a good idea to keep all low-hanging tree branches trimmed and make sure all the trees surrounding your house are strong and healthy.
BONUS: Roof Repair and Replacements
Hopefully, this isn't necessary, but if you notice that shingles are cracked, loose or missing, or the flashing has worn away, now is the time to take care of these issues.
Repairing and replacing these items will improve the functionality of your roof, and it will add to the curb appeal of your home.
With summer pool party's and BBQs just around the corner, having a roof that looks good is an added bonus.
You should also have your roof inspected if you notice any areas are covered in algae.
Make sure an experienced, professional roofer performs the inspection.
They will know how to help your roof withstand the summer sun and storms.
Check out our article, 5 Common Roofing Problems and How To Fix Them, for more great information on helping your roof last the longest.
Contact TK Roofing and Gutters To Prepare For Summer
Your roof is your first line of defense against the harsh summer elements, and it's also one of the best investments you can make in your home.
When you follow these tips before summer as part of your regular roof maintenance routine, you can protect your roof and your family from the elements.
These 4 tips will also prolong the life of your roof, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
TK Roofing and Gutters has been helping homeowners like you maintain a healthy roof, no matter what the season is.
If you need a roof inspection or help with roof repairs or a roof replacement, contact TK Roofing and Gutters today.
They can inspect your roof and provide you with a Free Estimate to make sure your roof is ready for the summer months.
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