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Roof Maintenance Tips and Tasks for Fall

Roof Maintenance Tips and Tasks for Fall

A roof replacement can easily cost homeowners upwards of $20,000. While roof replacements will always be necessary eventually, you can delay that costly event by keeping up with roof maintenance.

Which roof maintenance tips should you be following to protect your roof? The best roofing tips depend on the season. Your roof needs different care in winter, spring, summer, and fall.

With fall quickly approaching, we’re focusing on the top fall roof maintenance tips right now. Here’s what you should do before winter arrives.

Trim Back Trees

Falling leaves and debris in the fall can damage your roof and clog up your gutters. But when winter arrives, the danger gets even greater. A roof clogged with debris can create ice dams, which may seriously damage your roof.

You also may end up with larger branches breaking off when winter’s winds and ice arrive. To prevent those falling branches and other tree debris from damaging your roof, trim them back while the weather’s still good.

Remove Existing Debris

Once you’ve trimmed back the branches, take this chance to remove existing debris from your roof and gutters.

You may have knocked some debris onto your roof in the trimming process. Your gutters may also be filling up with falling leaves already. Clean your gutters and remove any fallen leaves or branches from the roof on a dry, sunny day.

You might need to do this cleanup again later in the fall, once more leaves have dropped. But no matter when you get it done, make sure you’re entering winter with a clean roof.

Clean up Moss and Mold

While you’re at it, this is also a good time to free your roof from mold and moss.

You can get a spray-on roof moss remover to tackle the areas of growth. Follow the instructions, and the moss and mold should easily brush away.

However, avoid using harsh cleaning tools like a power washer. These tools can actually strip shingles of their protective coatings.

Check for Signs of Damage

While it’s best to call a professional for a thorough fall roof inspection, you can check for the basic signs of damage on your own.

Check for water damage on the interior walls and ceilings that could be coming from the roof. Then, head to the roof to look for other possible issues. Pay extra-close attention to the areas around chimneys, pipes, or anywhere else something passes through the roof.

Check the shingles on the roof. If they’re curling or changing shape, they might be reaching the end of their lifespan. Also, check for loose shingle granules: these granules protect shingles from sun damage.

What to Do After These Roof Maintenance Tips?

Once you’ve completed all of these roof maintenance tips, you have one more step to do: call a roofing professional.

If you don’t find any roof issues, you may not need to search for “roofing services near me.” But if you do notice damage or wear and tear, a professional inspection will let you know what the next steps should be.

Need roofing assistance in Denver? We’ve got you covered. Contact us today to get that roof taken care of before winter hits.

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  • Devin Scott
    October 16, 2019, 12:33 am REPLY

    I liked your tip of trimming back trees to protect your roof. My wife and I are looking to maintain our roof before winter. I’ll be sure to look for any trees that are near our roof and trim them.

  • Best Access Doors
    October 17, 2019, 4:42 pm REPLY

    Thanks for the detailed tips! Roofs are often seasonal work, and it needs regular maintenance/inspection to ensure not even minor signs would cause the building/home some trouble. I also would like to add that roof access hatches help in those activities, because they provide ease of access in roof locations. Great post!

  • Skyler Williams
    October 21, 2019, 4:44 pm REPLY

    Thank you for your tip to not use a power washer when cleaning the moss and mold off of the roof. I’ve noticed that there are some leaks in the attic because of holes in the roof. Maybe it was because of moss and mold. I’ll be sure to call a professional to come and fix it right away.

  • Dennis Sanchez
    October 22, 2019, 4:55 pm REPLY

    I’m glad you explained that it is important to clear the debris off of your roof so that you can go into winter with nothing on the top of your house. A recent storm broke a couple of branches off of a tree and now they are all over my home. I’ll have to contact a professional to come and clear the branches for me.

  • Jerry Woods
    October 28, 2019, 5:10 pm REPLY

    I love how you mentioned to trim back trees when doing roof maintenance in the fall. My wife and I are going to do some yard work around the house this weekend. I’ll be sure to trim back any trees that could be damaging our roof.

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