Preventing the need for an emergency roof repair may not always be possible; the weather in Central Texas can be very unpredictable and occasionally severe. Fortunately, weather that is bad enough to damage a roof does not happen every day. However, even under the best weather conditions, a roof is still totally exposed to the outside environment. The sun beats down, temperatures fluctuate, moisture falls, and time passes. Day after day, the roof gets older and becomes more likely to develop problems. Being proactive with a preventive maintenance roofing program can keep you ahead of most major roofing problems by catching issues early. Finding a small problem and repairing it quickly saves money. Ensuring the integrity of your roof protects it and everything beneath it. Your answers to the following questions can help you develop an effective maintenance plan for your roof.
When Was Your Last Roof Inspection?
Effective roofing maintenance plans should include at least an annual roof inspection, and an inspection every six months and after every severe storm can provide even better protection. A professional, reputable, licensed roof contractor will likely offer a free roofing inspection.
Between scheduled roof inspections that are performed by a roofing contractor, homeowners should stay aware of the general condition of their roofs. Walk around your home from a distance that allows you to view as much of the roof from the ground as possible. If necessary, use a pair of binoculars to get a clear view. Make a note of any missing or damaged shingles, flashing and vents, or trim. Check the condition of the fascia and soffit boards for damage, including water stains. Inspect the condition of all gutters and downspouts. Report any visible damage or concerns to your roofing contractor for immediate repair.
Is It Time to Clean the Gutters?
Autumn is an excellent time to clean the gutters. The leaves have fallen, and the scorching temperatures of summer have faded. If you feel safe and confident on a ladder, begin by donning thick gloves and manually removing leaves and other debris from the inside of the gutters. Make a note of any damaged or missing parts on your gutter system that will need repair or replacement. Make sure the downspouts are clear, then use a hose to rinse the gutters. Never force water down a clogged downspout: it may pack the clog even tighter. For a clogged downspout, remove the elbow from the end of the downspout at the ground level and push up on the clog to dislodge it. A broomstick or similar object will usually do the trick. Tap on the outside of the downspout, and the loosened debris should fall out. Replace the downspout elbow and rinse the gutters from atop the ladder and toward the downspout. Be sure to check the gutters for an excessive amount of shingle granules; some granules are typical, but large amounts may indicate that your shingles have reached the end of their life and may need to be replaced.
Have You Checked the Attic?
The attic ceiling is the underside of your roof. Look for any signs of leaks or decay. Check structural members for damage. Look for mold or mildew, which could indicate water infiltration or improper ventilation. Report any issues or damage to your roofing contractor immediately. Structural damage is especially dangerous and should be evaluated by a professional roofing contractor quickly.
Are the Trees Bare?
Now that the trees have lost all their leaves trimming them will be much easier. Remove all dead limbs that hang over the roof or that may break and hit the roof. Any ice storms that may occur during the winter or high winds that may blow through can break the limbs, possibly inflicting severe roof damage. Any branches that touch the roof should also be trimmed back.
Let Alpha Roofing Help
Austin residential roofing must endure a variety of potentially damaging forces, but Alpha Roofing has the experience, training, and skills to help homeowners get the most extended life possible from their roofs. We offer roof maintenance plans, emergency roof repair, and roofing inspections, and we install flashing, metal roofs, asphalt shingles, and skylights. Submit our online form or call 512-777-1086 to schedule an inspection or request a free quote.