After a blistering summer, I think we’re all ready for a little cooler weather. That said, you know that really cool, if not downright cold weather is headed our way. Is your roof ready? Here are some things to make sure are in place and battened down for the chilly months ahead.
1. Clean your gutters
We love all the dramatic, heart-stopping yellow, orange, and red leaves of fall. But if they end up stuck in your gutters, that’s another thing. Make sure your gutters are clean and clear before even more foliage falls and clogs them up. Here’s the issue: When temperatures drop, leaves get wet and freeze. Water expands and it freezes, possibly warping your gutters. But that’s not all. If they get all jammed up, it causes a dam and will push underneath your shingles, damaging your roof. Nobody wants that. Fortunately, if you’re not crazy about doing it yourself, we can clean them out for you.
2. Invest in gutter guards
We carry a variety of gutter screens made of high-quality materials that are made of mesh and steel, aluminum and in some cases, plastic. Around here, the most common are seamless aluminum. No matter what type you have, their function is to keep your gutters free of debris and keep water flowing. Ideally, the leaves fly right off or over the gutters. But sometimes they don’t. If needed, we can even install guards right over your existing gutters. However, if you need a total overhaul, Peak can install an entirely new gutter system, guards included. It’s worth it.
3. Dump the debris
So back to those fall leaves. Many might’ve accumulated on your roof, along with branches from overhanging limbs, which you’ll want to cut back. Why is this important? Even a small bit of leaves and other debris will retain moisture and seep into your roof, causing damage. If you choose to get up on your roof, check for deterioration everywhere. How’s your chimney? What about vent stacks and skylights? Any moss or algae? Rusty flashing? Soil stack? Downspouts okay? Any missing shingles? Yes, there are many things to look for—and we’re here to help.
4. Secure your roof
If you see some things that need attention, know that we work on all types of roofing: asphalt, tile and slate, even metal—whether you need a simple patch or a brand-new one. Just a reminder that we’re Platinum Preferred Contractors with Owens Corning, one of the best in the industry. You can’t get much better than this, in terms of quality materials. This roofing even comes with a maintenance plan, a handy booklet, which is pretty much foolproof. Ask us and we’ll be glad to fill you in.
So get ready. Fall is upon us and after that, winter. Make sure you prep your roof for fall while you still have a few sunny days left. And call us. We’re ready and waiting to help.