Is Your Roof Ready for Fall and Winter?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Most people are accustomed to preventative care in relation to good health—take care of yourself now so you don’t end up with costly medical bills later in life. Well, the same thinking can be good to apply for home maintenance. Practicing preventative home maintenance can save you money on expensive repairs and even replacements down the line.

At the top of the list should be roof maintenance. It protects you and your family from the ever-changing elements and needs routine inspection to make sure it can do its job without letting you down. Fall is the best time to take heed and prevent costly wintertime damages from occurring. If repairs are needed – now is the best time, not when it’s 30 degrees outside.

Here are some important roof maintenance tips:

  • Gutter Maintenance: Keeping clean and clear rain gutters can save you frustration, time and money. Well-maintained gutters can keep money in your pocket that would otherwise go toward paying for winter damages. Internal home water damage can be caused by rain water backing up in plugged up gutters and improperly draining gutters trap water which turns into ice, causing gutter damage. The roof is also susceptible to backed up gutter water, as water and moisture are likely to get under roofing material leading to the formation of mold. All of these are conditions that can impact the cost of your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Tree Trimming: As the years go by, it’s normal to get used to the trees around your home, which can make you blind to the fact they have grown over or too close to the house. Trimming trees is a necessary preventative maintenance to ensure that large, dead or snow-heavy branches don’t come crashing down on the roof. Trees that are too close or hang over roofs will drop leaves and other plant debris into gutters, upping your chances of having to deal with trapped rotting tree material after the rains have stopped. Cleared gutters prevent gutter water from backing up into your home, causing damage and increasing your homeowner’s insurance cost.
  • Roof Inspection: While it’s good to routinely do a roof inspection yourself, hiring an experienced roofer is well worth it. From small leaks to loose or missing shingles, a roofing pro can properly inspect and fix your roof or gutters. To keep your mind at ease, schedule a professional roof inspection before the winter weather rolls in.

While weather in Texas may not be as harsh as in some areas of the country, it can be very unpredictable. So stay on top of home roof maintenance and don’t overlook the small things. Ignoring a potential roof problem can quickly lead to catastrophic home damage, which will cause your homeowner’s insurance to increase as well as cause you to have a large problem on your hands in the dead of winter.

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