Summer Roof Maintenance Tips For New Hartford, CT Homeowners
We may be enjoying some warmer weather right now here in Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to prepare our roofing systems for winter. The cold season is just a few short months away and once the cold weather hits us full swing in November, the snow and ice will start to accumulate on our roofs.
Having a strong and ready roof is always a good idea. A weak roof that isn’t strong and prepared to hold the weight can literally cave in under those layers of heavy snow and ice. Sadly, this can and does happen to unsuspecting homeowners who have neglected their roofing system for too long.
Our New Hartford roofing contractors at Brian O’Donnell want to help you prepare your roof and protect your home and loved ones. Here are several summer roof maintenance tips we’d like to share with New Hartford, CT homeowners.
Don’t Put Off The Roof Repairs
During this summer and throughout the fall season, roof leaks can develop and get worse, soaking through to the roof’s underlying support system. This causes structural damage and can develop into weak spots.
If you let the roof repairs go for too long, weak spots can turn into cave-ins if you’re not careful. Even if the damage isn’t that extensive, you could wind up with mold, mildew, or water damage in places you can’t see until it leaks enough to soak through drywall ceilings, through an electrical light fixture, or through the walls.
Avoid Roof Damage By Regularly Removing Debris
Pine needles, leaves, and other debris can damage your roof shingles pretty quickly. The most significant effect this rotting organic matter has on your roof is the introduction of mold, mildew, and algae.
This puddle of debris left on your roof is the perfect environment for these microorganisms to thrive. We suggest to promptly remove any tree debris as is necessary to keep your roofing system strong.
Make Sure To Have A Roof Inspection Done
A professional roof inspection will help you to identify areas of your roof that need repairs. It also helps you to know what to expect from your roof as it stands right now and in the near future.
The inspector will be able to find developing leaks in hidden areas such as within the roof decking, the attic and wall spaces, near the chimney, around all roof projections, and inside the eaves. By repairing a simple little thing like a piece of loose flashing around the chimney, you can save a nightmare of a problem with water damage repairs inside your house.