Summer can be a time to enjoy the outdoors with a variety of local activities. Ball games, swimming, and gardening are common summertime hobbies. What about you? Would you rather enjoy a summer afternoon filled with creating fun memories or an afternoon filled with home maintenance? Of course, with the proper home maintenance routine, those afternoons of enjoyment aren’t too far off!
Clean the Gutters
Harsh summer weather patterns can create damage to the gutter system. The buildup of debris can cause the gutters to pull away from the roof, weakness at the fasteners, and even break away from the building. Make sure to clean them out and have them prepared to expel the water from the upcoming summer thunderstorms. Here are some things to clean out of the gutters and keep them working at peak performance:
- Pine needles
- Excess shingle granule
Clean off the Roof
Cleaning a roof from mold, mildew, algae, and moss is key to keeping the shingles lasting for years. Moss, for example, can cause water blockage and buildup. The moss will retain water much like a sponge. This is horrible for your shingles! The excess moss and water can seep under the shingles, causing them to raise, buckle, bend, and break.
These items will need to be removed and remedied as soon as they are noticed. Secondly, it is wise to learn how they came to be. Whatever may be causing the mold, mildew, algae, and moss must be eliminated or it will be a constant battle against nature.
Trim Back Limbs
The shade from trees is excellent and can be a wonderful respite during the heat of summer. However, if the limbs and branches extend over the home, a fierce storm can cause them to break and land on your home causing damage to the surface. If you have concerns about trimming back trees, be sure to speak with a professional tree trimmer. They understand safety procedures and how to carefully trim trees so as not to destroy or kill the tree.
Have an Inspection Done
This is a wise line item for your list of things to do. An inspection from a reputable roofing company in Southeastern Massachusetts will be able to determine if there are areas of concern or weaknesses needing to be addressed. A roofer can determine if shingles need to be replaced, metal fasteners are beginning to rust, or any other issues which need attention. Have those areas corrected as soon as possible before the summer arrives to ensure protection for your home and family.
By taking a few simple steps this spring, and preparing your home and roof for summer, roof repairs can possibly be minimal, and the extra time can be used to enjoy the afternoons with ease and peace of mind. Trust the professionals at Beantown Home Improvements in Southeastern Massachusetts to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about your roof. We are here to help!