With the seasons changing, now is a great time to start your Fall roof maintenance routine. A minor roof problem now can grow into serious damage over the winter months, and end up costing you a lot more in repairs and other expenses. Follow these roof maintenance tips for your home in New Jersey and prepare for the months ahead.
Inspect your roof flashings
Your roof flashing helps to seal any spaces between joints in your roofing and prevents water from getting through. Over time, your roof flashing can show signs of wear and develop small holes. Small holes can usually be patched with roofing cement but major damage may need a new section of flashing.
Clean out the gutters
Gutters play an integral role for your home. Their job is to reroute water from your roof and move it away from your home’s foundation. Over time, and especially during Fall season, your gutters can fill up with leaves and debris and cause a blockage. Make sure your gutters are free from any clogs so that water can flow freely.
Check your attic
Some homeowners don’t know that your attic can have a direct effect on your roof. It’s always a good idea to make sure that insulation isn’t covering the vents in the eaves. Make sure these vents are clear so they can allow good air flow and prevent ice dams from forming on the roof during Winter.
Replace any damaged shingles
Asphalt shingles on your roof can become damaged from age or a bad storm. If you notice any warping, curling edges, or bald patches, your shingles might come loose and may eventually cause damage to your home’s framework. You should replace any missing or broken shingles before Winter.
Hire a professional roof inspector
Even though you can probably do a thorough job at checking your roofing, you still could miss signs of damage. That’s why it’s always a smart choice to call a professional roofing contractor for a more detailed inspection.
At Carl’s Fencing, Decking & Home Improvements, we can help you make sure your roof is in good shape this Fall. Contact us today for a free estimate and let us help you find the best roofing options for your NJ home!