- Trim Your Trees
- Clean Your Gutters
- Use Gutter Guards
- Get a Roof Inspection
- Inspect the Attic
- Shingle Repair
- Chimney Problems
Fall has once again arrived. This mild weather is the perfect time to prepare for the inevitable shift that makes its way closer to your home with each passing day. Between the falling leaves, incoming snow, and eventual ice, your roof is going to take one heck of a beating throughout the course of the next few months.
If you put off even the smallest repair you’ll likely end up with a significant problem and extensive damage to your home. Water damage that goes undetected during the autumn will turn into molds during the winter.
With so many threats coming from fall onward, it’s important to stay on top of everything so that you don’t end up with a wrecked house once the snow clears. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide that can help you with fall maintenance. It’s important that you get everything done sooner rather than later since later might be a snowstorm.
Trim Your Trees
If you see the branches of your trees getting too close to the roof, you should trim them immediately. This isn’t just in an effort to avoid any impact damage from fallen branches, but also a play to minimize the number of leaves that will take shelter in your gutters.
Any branches that are near your windows should also be cut down as these serve as a bridge for animals like raccoons to get into your home.
All the critters living around your home will want to get into the warmth of your living room once the snow comes around. Be sure to remove any dead branches as well as they will likely fall during winter and they might even end up colliding with your home.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters during the fall is mandatory unless you enjoy spending money on repairs. As the season goes through its motions, your gutters will gather large amounts of leaves. Leaves that get into your drainage system and gutters can cause clogs.
These clogs will make it hard for water to drain properly which can lead to a whole new set of problems for you to deal with. Clogged gutters mean water buildup, and water buildup means mold, cracks, and money lost.
Use Gutter Guards
Guttering guards minimize the amount of time you’ll need to spend cleaning your gutters. After all, with so much to do before winter swings around, you don’t want to spend an hour each day just clearing leaves out.
These gutter guards keep leaves out of your gutters. Water can still flow through because the guard base has little holes that serve as a passageway that’s too small for debris like leaves to infiltrate.
Get a Roof Inspection
Annual roof inspections from a qualified contractor are always important, but it becomes even more urgent when Jack Frost comes knocking. Roofing contractors can help you find any minor problems so that you can nip them at the bud before they become a severe issue during the winter.
Even if you regularly inspect the roof yourself, getting an extra set of — trained — eyes to check on things never hurts. While you might see obvious problems like missing shingles or cracks, roofers will be able to notice even the most subtle of hints that indicate an underlying issue.
Inspect the Attic
Regardless of which area of your home you’re trying to inspect, having a look at the attic will always give you valuable information. Grab a flashlight then check on the insulation, beams, and ceiling of your attic.
If you see any moisture, this could be a sign that a leak is developing. If you notice any developing leaks, be sure to get them patched immediately before they become more severe and cause serious moisture damage.
Fall is a good time to replace any damaged shingles that might still be loitering on your roof. If you’re confident in your abilities, you could grab a lengthy ladder and some roof nails to install the shingles yourself.
That said, there’s no shame in hiring a professional since rooftop work is dangerous for the average joe. It’s important that you get all bad shingles out before winter hits otherwise snow and ice will get under your roof and start causing a plethora of moisture problems.
Your chimney will serve you well in the wintertime, especially if you have a fireplace. If your chimney becomes dysfunctional during the winter for any reason, you won’t be able to burn wood to keep warm.
Well, technically you would be able to burn wood, but not without filling your living room with smoke. Be sure to get your chimney checked during the fall and repair any problems you detect before winter hits if you don’t want to get bitten by Jack Frost.