Each of our seasons here in Texas brings its own challenges and potential hazards that can impact the integrity of your roof. By following a few key maintenance tips for every season, you can protect your roof from damage and ensure it remains in optimal condition throughout the year. Here are some suggestions:
In summer, our intense heat and UV rays can take a toll on our roofs, causing shingles to blister, curl, or crack. The flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights can come loose, and our attics can be infiltrated by excessive moisture that interferes with the ventilation that prevents heat buildup. And gutters can be clogged with debris. All these need to be taken care of for a safe and comfortable home.
Fall brings falling leaves, which can clog gutters and downspouts. Regularly removing leaves and debris maintains proper water flow safely off the roof. Fall also calls for a roof inspection to discover loose or damaged shingles that strong winds can blow off the roof. It’s also time to install gutter guards to prevent debris buildup. A professional roof inspection can point out any potential problems before the harsh winter weather sets in.
Although Texas winters tend to be brief, they pose unique challenges for your roof, especially when we get freezing temperatures as we have the last couple of years. The result could be ice dams on the roof that cause water backup and leakage into the attic. You need to ensure that the attic is properly insulated to prevent heat loss and ice dam formation.
When spring arrives, it’s the ideal time to again check out your roof for any damage caused by the winter months. Remove debris, such as leaves, branches, and twigs, and check for any signs of damage, such as loose or damaged shingles, cracked caulking, or clogged gutters. It’s also time to trim overhanging tree branches to prevent them from rubbing against the roof during windstorms.
Our roofs require constant, regular care, no matter what the season if you want a secure, comfortable home. Regardless of the season, there are some general maintenance practices that apply year-round. Taking proactive measures to maintain your roof will not only extend its lifespan but also protect your home from costly water damage.
Contact Eternal Roofing for an appointment! They can inspect your roof, no matter what the season, to keep it doing its job of protecting your home.