Summer is the best season for home improvements related to roofing. With less chance of rain and the kids on summer break, delays are unlikely. Even if your roof isn’t up for replacement yet, it’s a good time to do some roofing inspection and maintenance so you can enjoy its benefits all year round. Here are some basic maintenance tips for your roof.
TIP: Safety First
Before you do anything else, we discourage setting foot on the roof for any reason; professionals like us have the safety training and equipment that let us avoid injuries. You can, however, perform roofing inspections safely from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Make sure you record any roofing issues and have your roof professionally inspected afterward. If you need to reach the roof’s edge, make sure you have a sturdy ladder and someone to assist you from the ground.
TIP: Keep the Gutters Clean
Gutters may be small, but they are nevertheless an important part of both residential and commercial roofing: they prevent damage to the foundations by routing rainwater away, which could otherwise weaken the concrete foundation columns. Cleaning gutters in the summer means leaves and debris in the gutters are not as wet and are easier to scoop out. You can have your gutters professionally cleaned. Also, consider having a gutter protection system installed to keep the gutters clear.
TIP: Have Overhanging Branches Trimmed
Lush trees give shade and are great to look at, but make sure the branches do not reach your roof. Tree branches can poke the shingles and cause premature wear and can also give access to squirrels and other rodents. A local landscaping service can trim tree branches while keeping the tree healthy. Such services would not cost much and typically include disposal.
Howard Roofing and Home Improvements can help keep your roof in its best shape through scheduled maintenance and repairs. To learn more about our residential roofing services, call us today at (636) 296-1057 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free quote. We serve St. Louis, MO, and nearby areas.