Many homeowners think of winter as the time for roof problems, but summer can be just as troublesome. Knowing three of the more common summer issues that can affect your roof can help you develop a plan to prevent major damage.
#1: Keep On Top of Those Gutters
A string of sunny summer days may make you forget about rainfall and storm gutters, but you need to keep them cleared out to avoid roofing problems. Clogged gutters can lead to water dripping down the side of the house, rotting the fascia boards and soffits on your roof. Although falling leaves don't usually clog gutters in summer, dirt, dust and twigs can still pose a problem. In dry climates, birds and small animals may build nests in gutters and downspouts, while moss growth can clog gutters in moist climates. Regular summer cleaning and inspection prevents these issues.
#2: Check Your Flashing and Fascia
Summer is a good time to inspect your roof for damage, especially in the areas of the flashing and fascia. Flashing is the metal strips along roof seams, such as around a chimney or in a roof valley, that seals the seam against leaks. Over time, flashing can become weathered and damaged. This can lead to leaks next time it rains.
The fascia boards make up the edge of the roof, while the soffits are the exposed undersides of the roof edges. Rot and damage to these results in holes, which can let in moisture. Another problem with damaged fascia, soffits, and flashing is that it reveals a weakness in your roof, which foraging animals in summer can then use to make their way into your attic. Raccoons, squirrels, and birds are especially notorious for this.
#3: Monitor for Storm Damage
A storm in summer is usually impressive — high winds, pounding rain, lightning, and maybe even a bit of hail. This can spell big trouble for your roof. You can prevent some storm damage by inspecting the roof regularly for loose shingles and making any repairs promptly. Also, make sure trees around the roof are adequately pruned so storms don't blow down large branches.
Make sure that you inspect the roof for damage after every major storm. If you notice a problem, such as a missing shingle or small hole, contact a roofing company like Roof Tech immediately. The sooner you get it fixed, the less likely that you will have to deal with a leak or mold later.Share