Make Sure Your Roof Is Ready For Summer With These 3 Tips

Posted on: 29 March 2015

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It is important to think about the condition of your roof as summer approaches. After all, you need to know that it can handle the heat and summer thunderstorms. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your roof is ready for the summer.

Clean Out the Gutters

Twigs, leaves and other debris may be clogging your gutters, which makes it hard for water to drain properly. If you don't take care of clogs, you may very well have to deal with shingle damage or roof leaks in the roof. Take a look in your gutters and make sure that all debris is taken out of them.

You should also be making sure that the gutters are securely attached to your home, as snow and ice may have weighed them down over the winter. You also need to make sure there are no leaks that have to be taken care of. To make sure there are no leaks, take a garden hose and spray water into the gutters. If you don't notice any leaks as the water flows through the gutters and out of the downspouts, everything is in working order.

Inspect Flashing

If you have a chimney, skylight or other protrusion on your roof, it's a good idea to check the metal strips that cover the edges of those protrusions. The metal strips, known as flashing, can expand and constrict due to changes in the weather, so it is important that you make sure that the metal strips are secure and not loose. Also, look for signs of deterioration or sign of rust. Loose or damaged flashing can allow water to leak into your home.

Look Under the Eaves

When the weather warms, the problem of dealing with insects and flying bugs returns. You have to stay aware of what is happening under the eaves of your roof, as that is a favorite spot for insects to build their nests. Make sure the eaves are free of any debris so that they don't seem inviting to pests, and remove any tree branches that may be brushing up against them. 

Use the information in this article to make sure that your roof is in good condition for the hot summer ahead. Contact a roofing contractor at Independent Roofing Inc to do a final inspection so that you can be confident that your roof is in good shape.