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How to maintain your roof during each season

Whether you have a residential or commercial roof, a maintenance checklist will keep it in optimal shape throughout the year.  Your Property is one of your most substantial investments.  For you to get the most out of it, your roof needs to withstand a variety of elements throughout the year.  Seasonal changes can be hard on your building, causing wear and tear and potentially forcing you into an early roof replacement.  You can easily combat these problems, though, with some regular upkeep. In this post, we will go over some season roof maintenance tips that can help you get your roof through each season.

Seasonal Roof Maintenance Tips

The best maintenance program is a proactive one, but before you jump on the project, it is important to establish a thorough game plan.  Always be prepared with a proper checklist.

Fall Roof Maintenance

Fall is an ideal time for both residential and commercial roofing projects.  Plan an inspection in the season and capitalize on your warranty if a roof repair is necessary.  However, there are plenty of preventative tasks that you can do yourself as well. When the leaves begin to fall, make sure you clear some time for these:

  • Gutter cleaning and debris removal
  • Shingles repair and replacement
  • Mortar treatment
  • Tree branch trimming

You may also want to make sure the attic or crawlspace is well insulated. This will go a long way in prevention of ice dam buildups during the winter months.  Lastly, keep an eye out for any other potential problem areas such as loose brackets or shingles, cracks, leaks or anything else that may seem out of the ordinary.

Winter Roof Maintenance

Not surprisingly, the winter months are the hardest on your roof. Your top priority should be keeping snow and ice from building up on the roof.  Here is the protocol to consider when winter rolls around:

  • Regularly check the snow and ice accumulation on your roof, especially after a heavy snowfall.  You can safely remove lite buildup, but make sure to hire a professional for more heavy jobs.
  • Inspect your roof after periods of heavy wind.  Clear your gutters and roof surface of debris, broken branches, or anything else that may have made its way onto the top of your building.
  • Consider heat trapping.  Your best option is to install ice melt socks in your gutters and along the surface.  This will help with clearing snow and melting it.

Spring Roof Maintenance

Analyzing winter’s effects on your roof is paramount once the weather starts to warm up. If you did not have an inspection in the fall, now is a great time to get a professional to your home or business.

Your spring checklist could include the following:

  • Take a close look at the ceiling and note any vulnerable areas that may be linked to roof leaks.
  • Assess the state of your shingles. If the roof is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider replacing the top layer.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts and clear away any noticeable debris.
  • Check for signs of algae and moss growth.

Summer Roof Maintenance

The good news here is that, if you have done the work in during the three other seasons, you can a little bit of a break during the summer months. The warmer weather is less harmful on your roof, but you should still perform basic inspections around the property.

Contact PV Exteriors Roofing Experts

If you are in need of roofing services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland or New Jersey, give us a call for an inspection or other preventative and repair services. Give us a call, or contact us here to get started.

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