With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of hurricane season. If you are a homeowner, you want to make sure your home is adequately protected from these dangerous storms. The first place to start is your home’s roof. Throughout the summer months, it’s important to make sure your roof is getting the care and attention it needs to make it through the summer months. If you want to protect your roof from the upcoming summer and are wondering where you should you start, follow these three tips.
Get an Inspection
When it comes to your home’s roof, one of the most important maintenance tasks is to make sure you have a professional come out and provide you with a full roofing inspection. In this process, a roofing professional will assess the overall condition of your roof, then present you with a list of any concerns and repairs that should be done. They will be on the lookout for subtle signs that your roof might be experiencing issues, especially leaks which should be dealt with immediately. Small leaks might not amount to much on their own, but they can easily become a serious problem for your roof if a storm were to roll by. These small issues can go unnoticed by a homeowner that is why it is crucial for a professional to perform a proper inspection.
Clean Your Gutters
While many may not realize the importance of gutters, they perform a vital function that protects your home. Gutters direct water off of your roof, away from the foundation of your home. It is important to make sure your gutters are functioning properly and are clear of any leaves and debris. The vital function of gutters relieves the pressure on your roof to make sure water doesn’t end up anywhere that it’s not supposed to be. Clogged gutters can result in a buildup of rainwater on your roof which can leak under shingles or tiles and cause serious damage to the roof structure. The added weight from the extra water and clogged gutter debris can cause gutters to completely tear away from the side of your home.
Trim Your Foliage
If your property is surrounded by overhanging foliage and trees, it would be a good idea to start considering what should be trimmed or removed. It is important to take the time to inspect all of the trees around your home or have a professional do so. Overhanging trees with large branches risk breaking off during a storm and incurring a vast amount of damage. During this inspection, take note of dead branches that might threaten your home’s roof and trim back any overhanging limbs.
You are capable of protecting your roof from summer storms that can cause a lot of damage. Follow these three tips to reduce the risk of serious damage to your home. RPI is your first destination for attention to detail, we are trained to detect any and all conditions that could signal a need for roof repair. To set up your annual roofing maintenance schedule, call RPI Roofing now at 912-756-7663. We would be happy to provide you with free estimates if we do detect a roofing issue.