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Maintenance Tips for Fall

November 21, 2018

ROOF MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR FALL

With the winter months quickly approaching, it’s more important than ever to ensure your rooftop is ready for the snow and ice that will hit the Midwest. Ensuring that your shingles and gutters can handle the inclement weather can make all the difference if you want to avoid a full roof replacement or even minor repairs in the spring. Here are a few things you can do in the last few weeks of fall to be sure your roof is ready for anything Mother Nature may throw our way in the coming weeks.


Trim Your Trees

One of the first things you will want to review is your landscaping and trees. If you have trees that are close to your home, it’s important to remove any dead branches that may come down under the weight of snow and ice. Even if certain branches are in good health, but they hang over your roof, it’s still a good idea to remove them so they do not end up scraping against your shingles and gutters resulting in expensive repairs.


Clean Out Your Gutter System

Once you have trimmed back the trees in your yard, the next step is to inspect your gutter system. If you spent any time cleaning up leaves and twigs in your yard, chances are high that you may also have that type of natural debris in your gutters. If your gutters become clogged with leaves, bird nests, or other natural debris, moisture can quickly build up and find its way into your home. Clogged gutters that do not properly reroute water can compromise your foundation, siding or even flood your basement.

Here are a few ways to spot a clogged gutter system:

  • Dripping gutters when it rains
  • Overflowing gutters when it rains
  • Noticeable cracks or rusting on the gutters
  • Pooling water on your lawn or near your foundation
  • Water inside your home, such as your basement or roof
  • Finding small critters in your home that are nesting in your gutters

 

Checking your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once in the late fall, will ensure that you are heading into winter with gutters that are ready to reroute the melting snow and ice.

 

Schedule a Roof Inspection

Is the roof original to the house you live in? Did a severe storm hit your neighborhood over the summer? If so, scheduling a roof inspection would be the best way to know what type of shape the shingles, seams, and flashing are in. There are a few things inspectors will be on the lookout for as they review your shingles. Missing, curled, or blistered shingles can be caused by a number of things such as overall age, poor installation, and severe weather. Having a missing shingle or two may not seem like a big deal, but these minor damages make it easy for moisture to find its way into your home and can lead to expensive interior and exterior repairs down the road.

Having your roof’s structural integrity checked on a yearly basis, especially after a severe storm, is a great way to reduce the amount of costly repairs that your roof will need during its lifetime.

Our team at McKinnis is happy to answer any and all questions you may have about preparing your roof and gutters for the winter months. Schedule an inspection today by calling (402) 426-2644 or email us at mail@mckinnisinc.com.