Fall Roofing Maintenance to Prepare for Winter
Updated: Dec 18, 2020
The weather in California is mostly sunny, with some rain and hardly any snow. That’s good news for your replacement roof, but it doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything to keep it healthy. As a matter of fact, you should know that plenty of sun and heat is just as destructive to a roof as rain and snow, if not more so.
Here are some pointers to remember when maintaining your roof in the fall.
Get a Roof Inspection
You can do a simple roof inspection yourself, but you can also hire a professional to make sure nothing is missed. Roofing companies can perform a more thorough inspection, and that’s something you shouldn’t ignore.
Have your roof inspected for the following:
Signs of leaking
Missing or broken shingles
Poor water drainage and pooling
Clogged or damaged gutters and downspouts
Inspect Your Attic
Damage to the roof deck is often more obvious when you’re in the attic. You might notice some sagging or staining, or you might find clumped insulation, which means it has been exposed to moisture and is now useless. Call your roofing professional for repairs and insulation replacement.
You can also ask a roofing pro to inspect your attic for overheating. An overheating attic doesn’t have enough ventilation, which is detrimental to your entire roofing system, particularly the shingles.
Clean the Roof
Debris like leaves and branches may be stuck on your roof. Apart from being unsightly, decomposing debris harbors bacteria and fungus, which can slowly damage your roof and cause leaks. You don’t need a power washer to remove the debris. A garden hose and a soft brush with a long handle should do the trick. If spraying it with water removes the debris, there’s no need to brush it.
Clean the Gutters
Gutters should quickly drain water. If water is pooling in your gutters, the gutters or downspouts are clogged. The extra weight from pooling water can damage the gutters and the roof. Pooling water can also back up and cause water damage. It can also cause ice dam formation, which is also very destructive. Unclog the gutters, and remove the debris. If you can’t do this yourself, call a gutter cleaner.
Just because it doesn’t snow in California doesn’t mean your roof needs no upkeep. Get in touch with A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. for your waterproofing roof needs today. Call us at (951) 877-4406, or fill out our form here.