Before too long, summer will be upon us. For a lot of people, summer is the most anticipated time of the year, and it’s easy to see why—warm weather, long days, vacation, swimming, and all the good summer vibes. Who doesn’t love summer? While this is totally a rhetorical question, we’re going to go ahead and answer it anyway—your roof.
Although you may think that the cold and wet winter months are hardest on your roof, the summer is just as menacing in its own way. Not only does the summer serve up some brutal temperatures and ultra-intense rays, but it also sends along some serious storms—you know, the kind with fierce winds, rain, and hail. When these apocalyptic storms come your way, they can wreak havoc on your roof and home.
While you can’t exactly stop the summer heat and storms from taking a toll on your home, there are some things you can do to prepare, thereby lessening the impact. In today’s blog, the roofing contractors at Tim Leeper Roofing would like to share with you some of the ways you can prepare your home for summer. If you are in the Nashville area and in need of roofing contractors to perform a commercial or residential roof inspection, repair, or replacement, contact us today at 615-553-2782. We offer free quotes!
Steps to Prepare Your Home for Summer
As we mentioned, summer in Nashville is rife with storms. While these storms can be quite enjoyable—just picture it: you’re sitting in a screened-in porch, sipping on an iced tea while the pitter-patter of rain lulls you into a relaxed state—this daydream can come to an abrupt halt if your gutters aren’t cleaned and working properly. When your gutters are packed with leaves and debris, they will clog and overflow, causing water to wash out your garden bed and pool around your foundation. On top of all of this, clogged gutters can harm the under layers of roofs and weigh down gutters, potentially damaging your gutters and home.
After cleaning your gutters, you may be wondering how you can reduce the workload of your next gutter clean up. If this is the case, we have two solutions for you. 1) talk to your gutter company about installing gutter guards, and 2) trim back branches and foliage that are near your house. Not only will this help reduce the amount of debris that ends up in your gutters, but it will also help prevent the risk of large limbs falling on your home during a big and windy summer storm. Similarly, when twigs and leaves collect on your roof, they often trap water, causing moisture to stay on your roof, which can prematurely weaken your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
The summer sun is hot, and while we can easily escape it, our roofs cannot. The sheer amount of heat and sun your roof is exposed to can cause material damage. The good news, however, is that modern residential roofs are built to withstand this scorching effect and the heavy rains and winds of a strong storm. But to do this, they need to be properly maintained. This all begins with regular roof inspections. When performing a roof inspection, be sure to pay particularly close attention to the following:
- Any visible damage—be on the lookout for missing shingles, granules, curling, bending, vegetative growth, and anything that may pose a threat to your roof.
- Exterior fixtures—fixtures like skylights, vents, chimneys, and other gaps are notorious for causing leaks. Particularly, the flashing that is acting as a seal can wear out, crack, and bend, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks and damage.
- Interior roofing components—finding a water spot inside your home can be a good indication of an exterior roof leak. Inspect all of your walls thoroughly, and if you can’t remember the last time you ventured up into your attic, now is the time to take a peak.
Remember, the older your roof and home is, the more attention and importance you should give to your roof inspection. For your safety, never perform an inspection without proper attire and equipment. If you are looking for a professional to perform your inspection, contact Nashville’s go-to roofing contractors.
If your roof has issues and requires roof repairs, time is of the essence. Being proactive and fixing issues early can not only extend the life of your roof, but it can also save you money. When problems go unrepaired, they can cause further damage to your roof, home, and property. If you have concerns about your roof, contact your local roofer. If you are in the Nashville area, contact our roofing contractors, and we’ll provide you with a free, speedy quote.
Skipping these precautions can put a serious damper on your summer. These simple steps can help prevent damage that lead to costly repairs. Let’s not let this happen to our homes, Nashville. Deal? Great! We knew you would be on board. On the next nice day, let’s promise to clean our gutters, look for any trees that need to be trimmed, and inspect our roofs for any required repairs. However, keep in mind that many roof problems can go unnoticed by the untrained eye. If you need a professional roofing contractor to come and perform a roof inspection, repair, or replacement. Contact us today at 615-553-2782.