3 Summertime Roof Tips for Homeowners
Chances are if you’re a homeowner you’re enjoying the warm summer weather with friends and family, whether you’re “staycationing” in your air-conditioned basement with a few trips to the neighborhood pool or plane hopping around the world from Italy to Amsterdam.
Summer is one of the best times to rest and relax, especially with your Spring Cleaning done and in the rearview mirror. What many homeowners don’t realize, though, is that summer is the perfect time to double-check the condition of their roofs.
Between the increased heat and the inevitable summer thunderstorms, your roof may have been damaged. The last thing you’ll want to deal with between trips to the lake is a damaged roof, so make sure to take a few minutes to be proactive so that you’re not having to pay big $$$ for a problem that could have been prevented.
Here are 3 Summertime Roof Tips for Homeowners:
Clean Your Downspouts and Gutters
Summertime thunderstorms are common, and if your gutters and downspouts happen to be clogged, water will most likely collect on your roof which can result in serious damage. Make sure you’re keeping an eye out for dirt, leaves, sticks and other forms of debris. Also, make sure your downspouts are properly secured to your home’s roof and check for any cracks in the downspout material that may become worse. Don’t forget to check for rusting as well, which can get worse over time and can affect the way your gutters and downspouts work. If you aren’t able to clean your gutters or don’t have the tools to do so, you may want to consider a roofing company to assist you.
Inspect Your Roof for Damage
Depending on the kind of roof you have, you’ll want to keep an eye out for specific kinds of damage to your roof. If you have a roof with shingles, be wary of warped, broken or even missing shingles. If your roof is made of metal, check for rusty spots and oxidation. Above all else, make sure you’re accessing your roof safely – always wear shoes with slip-resistant materials and use a ladder that is sturdy and free of defects. Having another person present to act as your spotter can go a long way to ensure safety and accuracy.
Check for Ventilation Problems
One great way to see if your ventilation has been compromised is to compare your electric bills over the last year. If the price of your cooling bill is more expensive than it was at this same time a year ago, you may have a problem. Ventilation problems can mean major issues down the road, not to mention the fact that you’re paying more money than necessary to cool your home. If you’ve made lifestyle changes and still find your bills higher than expected, it might be time to find out what’s going on.
Storm Guard Roofing and Construction is Here to Help
Whether you need an experienced gutter professional to remove debris or you notice that the shingles on your home’s roof are warped and need replacement, Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of SW St. Louis MO is just a call away. As local, insured roofing experts we’ve got the know-how to tackle any issues that you might notice this summer. We’d be happy to hop on a call and answer any questions you might have, and you’ll never have to worry about sneaky charges as a result. We’re here to make your life easy – let’s talk today!