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6 Roof Maintenance Tips for Summer Months

May 25, 2017

Summer is the perfect time to completed any maintenance work on your roof. The increased rains of spring, as well as severe spring storms, might have caused you to discover leaks and other roof problems. It’s a good time to take a closer look at your roof, perform a few roof maintenance tasks, and ensure your home is protected once the ice and snow return in the winter. Perform summer maintenance on your roof by completing these six steps:

  • Check for damage around your home. Have you noticed any dark spots or leaks in your ceiling? Don’t ignore them or try to cover them with a coat of paint, as the problem will only get worse. Also, if you see signs of mold or dampness in the attic, it’s a good time to call a professional for a full roof inspection.
  • Review your energy bill. Proper ventilation is critical to the long-term protection of your roofing system. By analyzing your air-conditioning costs and comparing them to previous years, you can spot a possible ventilation problem, get the issue fixed and save hundreds on your heating and cooling bills.
  • Walk the roof. If it’s possible and you are able, get a ladder and climb up to your roof to scan for problems. Broken shingles and cracks in your gutters can cause leaks and even flooding in your home. If you see these items, call a pro.
  • Pay attention to the metal strips. Most roofs have metal strips around ridges, vents and chimneys. These strips can come loose in winter and spring storms. Repairing them while they are loose is less expensive than completely replacing them if they become detached.
  • Clean the gutters and drains. With the heavy rains of spring easing, it’s the perfect time to clean the debris from spring severe weather out of your gutters and drains. Removing these obstacles allows water to flow freely to downspouts and away from the house.
  • Check for critters. Squirrels, raccoons, and other tree-climbing animals are notorious for trying to create a new home for themselves by burrowing into yours. If these pests are not deterred quickly, they can climb into your attic and even your living space…and they often invite their friends. Insect infestation is another troubling issue, as it can destroy the wood decking beneath the shingles. If a roof has rotted soft spots or signs of animal or insect feces, it’s a sign to call a professional removal company.

If you find any surprises when completing the summer maintenance steps above, the pros at RSG Construction offer free consultations to see if potential problems can be repaired. Give the team at RSG a call at 816-866-4235 or just click HERE to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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