Roof Repair and Maintenance Tips for Summer
With spring cleaning projects over and done with, summer is the ideal time to check on the state of your roof. The summer storms, along with the heat, can damage your roof resulting in leaks that further compromise your roof’s structural integrity.
Being proactive about your roof maintenance rather than being reactive, allows you to identify issues before they snowball into expensive repairs. Below are our top 3 summer roof maintenance tips for every homeowner:
Check for roof damage
Each roof is different, and maintenance depends on such issues as the type of roofing material, the age, and past maintenance. For metal roofs, you will need to look out for oxidation or rust. When it comes to shingles, broken, warped, and missing shingles are telltale signs of a damaged roof. Using a ladder and slip-resistant shoes, check all areas of your roof and if possible, clean up any debris buildup.
Clean your gutters and downspouts
If your gutters and drains are clogged, rain from the summer storms could back up and pool on your roof causing damages. Clean your gutters and downspouts of all sticks, dirt, and debris. While cleaning your gutters, make sure that they are firmly secured to your roof and that there are free of cracks. If they are rusted, you may want to consider replacing them. It’s better to consider Bay Area gutter installation sooner rather than later to avoid dealing with serious property damage down the road. If you do not have the necessary skills or tools for cleaning or maintaining your gutters, hire a professional.
Check your ventilation
Your home’s ventilation plays a key role in protecting your roof in the long haul. Evaluating your home’s cooling bills over the last few months and comparing them to the bills you paid a year prior could help you know whether your ventilation is compromised. If the bills are significantly higher in spite of the lack of changes in your lifestyle, it’s a good idea to call in a professional to assess your home’s ventilation.
Contact Ben’s Roofing for All Your Bay Area Roofing Needs
If you are unsure of what constitutes roof damage or if you do not have time to assess your roof’s integrity, consider consulting a reputable Bay Area roofing contractor. If you want to talk shop or find out more about roof maintenance issues, Ben’s Roofing is your go-to San Francisco residential roofing company. Contact us today for a free quote by filling in our online form or calling us at (510) 690-8570.