August is the perfect time to check on your roof. Summer storms along with the heat and really damage a roof and that can result in leaks which will further compromise your roof’s structural integrity.
Taking measures before there is a problem with your roof allows you time to identify issues before they become much larger problems and more expensive repairs. Here are three tips for roofing maintenance if you are thinking about replacing or repairing your roof in Syracuse and Central New York.
1. Check for Roof Damage
Every roof is different and for that reason, maintenance will depend on the type of roofing materials, the age of the roof, and what work was done in the past. Metal roof, for example, you will need to keep an eye out for oxidation or rust. Roofs with shingles you will want to look for broken, warped, or missing shingles as a sign of roof damage. Using a ladder and slip-resistant shoes, check all areas of your roof and if possible, clean up any debris buildup.
2. Clean your Gutters and Downspouts
Have you checked your gutters lately? If they are clogged then rain from summer storms could back up and pool on your roof which could cause major damage. Keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of sticks, dirt and debris is a must. When inspecting your gutters, look to see that they are firmly secured to your roof and that they care free of cracks. If there is rust you may want to think about replacing them. It is better to replace them if need be than to deal with serious property damage. If you are unable to clean them then you should consider hiring a professional.
3. Check Your Ventilation
The ventilation of your home plat a key roll in protecting your roof over the long haul. Look at your home’s cooling bills over the last few months and compare them to the bills you paid on the year before. This will clue you in as to whether your ventilation is compromised. If there is a spike in your bill and your lifestyle hasn’t changed it is a good idea to hire a professional to assess your home’s ventilation.
Syracuse NY Roofing Repair & Maintenance Contractors
If you are unsure of what constitutes roof damage or if you do not have time to assess your roof’s integrity, consider consulting a reputable Syracuse Area roofing contractor like Empire State Professionals. If you want to talk or find out more about roof maintenance issues, we are your residential roofing company.