Fall Maintenance Checklist
Get Your Roof Ready for Winter
With winter quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to prepare your roof for the new season. A little extra work this fall could save you from needing major roof repair or roof replacement on your home next spring. Everything below it depends on the integrity of its roof to remain safe and secure. While Restoration Rx provides expert roof replacement and roof repair in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area, our goal is for your new or existing roof to function as it should for years to come.
Trim Overhanging Branches or Trees
While a chainsaw might not seem like your first line of defense in extending the life of your roof, it can be. One of the main reasons we are called upon to do roof repair or replacement is due to damage from branches or fallen trees. Dead and diseased branches go down quickly in heavy winds and heavy ice or snow.
Clean Your Roof Off
Remove any branches, acorns, rocks, pine needles or other debris that may be on your roof. These can fall down into your downspouts and clog them, or can break down and begin to mold, which can spread to your shingles.
Perform a Visual Check of Your Roof
Look for loose or missing shingles and cracked or broken trim. Snow and ice take a toll on the best of roofs. Therefore, any existing damage at the beginning of winter will only worsen as the season progresses. A few roof repairs now can save you from the need for a full roof replacement in the future. Be extremely careful when climbing on your home’s roof. It’s always a good idea to contact a professional to perform a roof inspection.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
While it’s not the most fun job in the world, it is an important one. Cleaning accumulated leaves, branches, bird nests and other debris from your gutters to prevent water from pooling in them is important. When organic matter starts to break down in gutters or downspouts, it attracts all manner of insects and varmints. These can wreak havoc on your roofing materials or work their way into your home.
Check Your Attic’s Ventilation and Insulation
Check that the insulation in your attic is not covering the vents and preventing airflow. Proper ventilation will help avoid the formation of ice dams on our roof, which can cause extensive damage. If you’re not sure how much insulation is enough to keep your home from losing precious heat, the experts at Restoration RX would be happy to take a look at things for you.
Whether you like it or not, winter is just around the corner. The good news is that following our fall maintenance checklist should save a few headaches after the snow melts. Also, these tips can help extend the life your roofing system. When you need roof repairs or roof replacement in Sioux Falls, SD and the surrounding area, call Restoration RX!