Summer Maintenance Tips for Connecticut Roofs
By Your Fiderio Expert Jun 20, 2015
Finally, the special time of year has arrived: the weather is warming and the flowers have bloomed. The sunny weather provides a perfect backdrop for all of our outdoor home projects, whether large or small. If you are ready to get the exterior of your home in pristine shape, then now is the ideal time to take advantage of the long days and warm temperatures. After a rough winter, ct roofs may need a little extra care to avoid any more damage during the long hot summer months. Check out a few summer roofing tips from your Bristol-Area roofing contractors, Fiderio & Sons.
Check for Moisture Damage
Checking for moisture damage can be simple and easy. First, walk around your home and check for moisture marks. This may be anything from small brown stains to peeling paint. If you spot a moisture mark that leads to a small leak, a short-term repair is most likely all you need.
However, if there is extensive damage to the roof or ceiling, such as mold or mildew growth, a full replacement is quite necessary. Leaks often occur around plumbing/roof vents, chimneys or anything that projects through the roof, so check these areas first.
From the inside of your house, check for water stains or mold around light fixtures and ceiling fans, as water tends to run to openings in the ceiling’s vapor barrier
Look for Broken Shingles
Start your ct roof inspection with a simple shingle check. The shingles on your roof can be damaged during the long cold winter months. As always, take care when walking on your rooftop. If you feel unsafe doing so, we recommend hiring a professional to review the condition of the shingles for you.
Shingles can often become hard and brittle under the hot sun, so it can be easy to cause damage when you are walking over them. To combat this, we recommend conducting shingle checks in the early morning or late afternoon, when the rooftop has fully cooled.
Keep an eye out for missing shingles, shingles that are losing granules, or curling shingles. Cracked and blistering shingles often indicate that the roof is beginning to fail and requires immediate attention. Fixing a couple shingles here and there is simple and relatively inexpensive, but if more than 30% of the material is damaged a roof replacement is the more cost effective answer.
Make Sure Your Attic Is Properly Ventilated
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.
Trees, Shrubs, Debris, and Gutters
Numerous winter and spring storms can take a toll on the trees in your yard. Make sure to check for any hanging or broken branches that may pose a threat to your roof. Be sure to clean up any greenery or shrubs surrounding 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 if possible. At some point in early summer, you should clean out all roof drains and 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. If your roof has any moss build up, we recommend applying a roof moss killer and sweeping off the dead moss.
Not sure if your Connecticut roof needs a bit of maintenance? Download our free roof maintenance checklist to see! If you find that your roof does need maintenance, Fiderio & Sons, your ct contractors, would be glad to help. Located near Bristol, visit our showroom in Meriden!