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A Fall Checklist For Your Roof

Posted on September 27, 2018

Bettendorf Roof Replacement

The roof is by far one of the most important parts of your home, tasked with keeping you and your family safe and secure from the weather elements that can be quite intense. No season is more trying on a roof than that of winter, with the low temperatures and wind, snow, and ice beating against it. Therefore, before winter comes and the weather becomes too cold - and the daylight hours too few - you should inspect your roof and determine if it needs to be replaced. Going through these steps will help you secure your home for winter, or will indicate that you need to schedule a roof replacement immediately.

State of The Shingles

Winter may be the harshest season on your home's roof, but summer isn't exactly a cakewalk. The intense rains and thunderstorms that often occur during the summer months can cause damage to the shingles on your roof. While most of the time, a storm that was strong enough to cause damage to your roof's shingles would be hard to miss, the damage may not be so apparent at first. Sometimes, prolonged exposure to intense weather can wear down a shingle and eventually cause it to crack or break off. A visual inspection of your roof should be done to ensure there are no missing or broken shingles. 

If a shingle is damaged, it should be repaired immediately. A roof with a weakened shingle will not perform its job properly. As such, if the roof is not repaired, you will most likely see an increase in the energy costs needed to heat your home during the winter months. By repairing your roof, you will ensure only the smallest amount of heat will be able to escape your home. 

Gutter Maintenance 

One of the least glamorous - but most essential - parts of roof maintenance concerns the gutters. Gutters are an integral part of keeping your roof in good repair. As the fall can wreak havoc on your gutters, with falling leaves and other debris easily clogging them, it should be a high priority to ensure the gutters remain free of any material that could potentially cause a blockage. In addition to cleaning out anything that might be in the gutter itself, the downspouts should be checked for debris as well. Any signs of wear and tear on the gutters or downspouts themselves, like cracked or missing pieces, should also be addressed beforewinter arrives.

Should the gutters remain clogged throughout the winter, you could be facing a water damage problem when the runoff from melting snow will not have anywhere to drain. Furthermore, clogged gutters allow for an easier formation of icicles, which can be hazardous to your home and its inhabitants.

Let Us Help

If your roof inspection shows significant wear and tear, you should consider scheduling a roof repair or replacement as soon as possible. With winter just around the corner, it is imperative that any problems get fixed and your roof is in good condition to withstand the season's weather. A new roof will not only keep your home from experiencing any water damage, it will also help reduce the energy costs associated with heating.

Once you have determined if your roof has issues that need to be addressed, do not hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (309) 762-6244. We look forward to hearing from you!

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