In recent years, the cold season in Tulsa, OK, has gone from mild to unpredictable. The good news is that you can protect your home from the ravages of winter by performing diligent roof maintenance each fall. With the right preventative measures, your roof can capably withstand strong winds, heavy storms and extreme or fluctuating temperatures. The following fall maintenance checklist will help you get started.
Limb Your Trees
One of the best ways to prevent costly, impact-related roof damage is by regularly limbing all nearby trees. Cutting off weak and dying limbs before they get snapped by strong winds will keep them from landing on your home.
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Fall is always a busy season for downspouts and gutters, even when rainfall is unusually low. By mid-autumn, you’ll likely find that these features are clogged or near-clogged by damp leaves, sticks, mud and silt. Cleaning your gutters before winter arrives will prevent water from pooling on flat or low-sloped surfaces. It will also ensure that rainfall and melting snow don’t spill over the sides of your gutters and pool around your home’s foundation. Routine gutter cleaning prevents ice damming at the roof’s edges when outside temperatures plummet. It keeps basements dry, and it ensures that the weight of collected debris doesn’t pull gutters away from buildings.
Inspect Your Attic
Check your attic for signs of roof leaks, pest infestation and mold. Make sure that your attic insulation isn’t covering your roof’s vents and inhibiting airflow. If needed, perhaps you could add more attic insulation or upgrade to better-insulating materials.
Replace Missing, Worn or Damaged Shingles
Look for curled, bent and missing shingles, and have them replaced. You should also inspect your gutters and downspouts for small, dark-colored pebbles. These are the tiny, protective granules that shield shingles from the sun’s UV rays and direct the flow of water. When they start falling off, it may be time to have your roof replaced.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection
All residential roofing systems should be professionally inspected at least twice each year. These autumn and mid-spring check-ups give roofers the chance to spot and resolve minor and developing problems before they become widespread and severe.
Residents of Tulsa, OK, can count on us for expert roof replacement and repair services. We also provide gutters, gutter guards and storm damage repairs. To schedule a fall roof inspection for your home, give Green Country Roofing a call now.