With the onset of fall, winter is right around the corner and maintenance of your roof should be on your mind. The fall usually brings gusts of wind with rain and shedding leaves. However, it is the winter that is even scarier, especially when wind, snow and ice are involved. Roofing experts suggest annual roof inspections to maintain roofs, and the fall season is a good time to have Arko inspect your roof before the snow flies.

Visual inspection of the roof:

The first step of roof maintenance should be a visual inspection of your roofing particulars. This inspection is best done by professionals who can climb up on your roof and check for missing shingles, curled or broken shingles, cracked flashing around chimneys and vents, debris on the roof, moss and algae and any significant signs of warping of the roof. Call your roof inspector to check your roof for any visible deterioration signs this fall.

Indoor inspection:

Once the exterior inspection is completed, you need to check the interior of the house for any signs of paint peeling  and signs of mold build-up, too.

Check your attic:

Check the attic for mold formation and keep an eye open for any wild insects breeding around the attic. Make sure that the attic is well insulated against nature’s fury and check to see if the ventilation is working properly.

Flush the gutters:

Check for loose, broken or detached gutters that could allow water into the house. Keep your gutters clean from accumulated debris; Any gutters which are detached or broken need instant repair.

Install gutter guards that assist in preventing large masses of debris from falling into the downspouts and blocking the easy flow of water in the downspouts. Cleaning gutters is something that needs to be done periodically.

Trim overhanging trees:

Overhanging trees are a perennial source of problems– they damage the roof and cause the shingles to crack and deteriorate. The onset of winds and storms cause branches to break away, falling onto the roof. This can be avoided by trimming the branches that are in close proximity to the roof.