It may not seem like winter is on its way, but winter is coming. Rain and snow are coming. Make sure your roof is ready for the onslaught and that your gutters will keep water away from your foundation. No one wants to deal with roof leaks or lakes in the basement.
Fixing any problems you spot might not be up your alley. But you can keep a watchful eye on your roof and gutters to spot potential problems early.
If you’re not quite sure how to talk about the parts of your house near the roof line, you might enjoy What is a Soffit? Why? Because if you end up needing some work done on your roof, it helps to understand the language that a roofer will use.
Roof maintenance is a big topic and one that most homeowners don’t do a lot of hands-on work with. Thank goodness for home maintenance and home repair professionals who have the skill and equipment to take care of roof issues. As a home-owner there are exterior maintenance things to check for. You don’t even need to get up on a ladder to do this.
Walk some distance away from the house to a point where you can see the roof. Take a look at the shingles.
- Are the shingles lying down neatly or are they bubbly or sticking up unevenly?
- Are there missing shingles?
- Are there areas where the shingles are worn torn?
Next check for things that might be causing roof damage.
- Check trees near the house. Are limbs rubbing against the eaves or gutters or the roof itself?
- Are there loose or broken cables or antennas rubbing against the roof?
- Are there gaps or missing pieces in the flashing around chimneys?
Cleaning your gutters is best done once the leaves fall. But if it has been years since your gutters were cleaned, now is as good a time as any to clear away the old debris before the fresh fall of leaves happens.
There is more to keeping the rain away from your foundation than just cleaning out the gutters themselves. Check the downspouts, too, to be sure nothing is blocking them.
Look at the splash way under the downspouts to be sure that water is guided far enough away from the house to avoid erosion and leaks.
A little time spent now while the weather is still pleasant is far better than finding a problem that demands fixing when the weather is cold and wet.
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