Summer is now in full swing. With overall pleasant weather and temperatures, it is an ideal time to perform roof repair and maintenance. This is especially important in this part of the United States because summer also marks the start of the hurricane season. By taking care of your roof early, you better equip it for the intense storms that are expected to wallop the region over the next few months.
To get you started, here are the three tips you can do to keep your roof in good condition this summer and beyond:
1. Remove Clogs from Gutters and Drains
Clogged gutters and drains prevent rainwater from being diverted to the ground away from your property. With nowhere to go, water will instead collect on one side of the gutter system. If a sudden downpour occurs, it will flow out and land on your yard, saturating the soil of your landscaping and compromising your home’s foundations. Make sure to remove leaves, twigs, and other organic matter from the gutters to protect your roof and your home’s exterior from water damage.
2. Update Your Roof
Summer is a great opportunity to make the necessary improvements to your home. If your current roof shows signs of irreparable damage because it is already past its life span, it might be time to tackle roof replacement. For this project, choose a different roofing material or color to redefine your home’s appearance. Certain shingles make your roofing system look more appealing. Consider light-colored roofs—they reflect the sun’s UV rays and keep your indoors comfortable while reducing energy usage.
3. Inspect Ventilation and Insulation
If, however, your roof is still in top condition, make sure that is the case by checking the attic’s ventilation. This important aspect of your roofing system plays a significant role in maintaining comfort and avoiding damage. If there is an increase in your cooling bills during the summer compared to the previous years, a problem on your vents or a lack of insulation might be present. Consider working with a pro who can examine these components to see if they are in working order.