CT Roofing: Summer Roof Maintenance Tips
By fiderioandsons May 20, 2013
Summer Roof Maintenance Tips
It’s finally that time again, the weather is warming and the flowers are blooming. The sunny summer weather means it is finally time to start your outdoor home projects, no matter how big or small. If you are ready to get the exterior of your home in tip-top shape, then now is the ideal time to take advantage of the warm temperatures. After a rough CT winter, your rooftop may need a little extra care to avoid any more damage during the long hot summer months. Check out summer roofing tips from your CT roofing contractors, Fiderio & Sons.
The shingles on your roof can be damaged during the long cold winter months, so start your roof inspection with a shingle check. As always, be careful when walking on your rooftop, we recommend hiring a professional to review the condition of shingles for you. Shingles can get hard and brittle under the hot sun, so it can be easy to cause damage when walking over them. We recommend conducting roof shingle checks in the early morning or late afternoon, when the rooftop has fully cooled. Look for missing shingles, shingles that are losing granules, or waved and curling shingles. Cracking and blistering shingles indicate that the roof is starting to fail and requires immediate attention.
Trees and Shrubs
The long and cold winter also takes a toll on the trees in your yard. As soon as the weather warms up, make sure to check for any hanging or broken branches that pose a threat to your roof. Be sure to clean up any greenery or shrubs around your home, as they can also create debris that ends up clogging gutters. Organic materials that gather on your roof can promote mildew, mold and roof rot. Leaves, debris and heavy dirt should be swept off.
Clean out all roof drains and gutters in early summer, right after all of the flowers have fully blossomed. If your roof has any moss buildup then we recommend applying a roof moss killer and sweeping off the dead moss.
As mentioned before, don’t forget to check your gutters. If your gutters are hanging loose, they may be creating problems for your entire roof system. Secure gutters and check for any holes or creases that may be letting water seep in. Clean your gutters at the start of the summer, after springtime flowers have fully blossomed.
Don’t forget, the attic is essential to good roof maintenance. Summer time heat will gather in the attic and be absorbed by roofing materials. Make sure that your attic has proper ventilation in place, to avoid extra heat absorption. All of the ventilation systems should be clear of any blockages and allow enough air for your roof to breath.
Not sure if your roof needs a bit of maintenance? Download our free summer roof maintenance checklist to see!