Summertime is a great time of year to check up on your roof and make sure that it is in good shape. During the summer, you should check your gutters and drains, inspect your vents, and check your roof for any additional damage.
1. Check Your Gutters & Drains
The first thing that you should check is your gutter and drains. You want to make sure that there is nothing clogging up your gutters and drains. Debris, such as leaves and pine needles, can easily accumulate in your gutters over time. This can clog up your gutters, which leads to water spilling over the sides of your gutters instead of flowing through your drainage system. Water flowing over the sides of your gutters can damage your siding and foundation, and lead to flooding in your basement if you have one. All of these serious consequences can be avoided by simply cleaning out your gutters on a regular basis.
Make sure that all of your gutters are securely fastened to your home. If any fasteners are loose, tighten them up with a screw. If you have lost any fasteners, you can purchase new ones at a roofing or building supply store. Make sure that your drains are also securely fastened to your home and are not being loose around your house.
2. Check Your Attic Vents
Second, you need to check your attic vents and make sure that they are working properly. You are going to want to make sure that all of your attic vents are opening and operating properly. You also want to check the insulation in your attic and make sure that it is still nice and thick. Over time, insulation can lose some of its insulating properties. Summer is a great time to add extra vents if necessary to your attic and to increase the insulation in your attic. Increasing the insulation in your attic will help protect your roof and improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.
3. Check for Damage to Your Roof
Third, you are going to want to check your roof for damage. Over the course of the year, your roof can sustain all kinds of damage. It can be easier to see this damage when the weather is nice and there is little debris on your roof.
First, look at the condition of the shingles on your roof. If you find any shingles that are missing, they need to be replaced. If you find any shingles that are lifting upward or curling, those shingles also need to be replaced. Next, look at the vents on your roof. Make sure that there is caulking all around each vent and chimney. If the caulking is worn down, you'll need to reapply more caulking.
Finally, check out any metal flashing on your roof and make sure that it is secure and not banged up. Spend an afternoon this summer checking out your roof and making sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and intact, that your attic vents and insulation is doing its job, and that your roof doesn't have any damage. If you find any issues with your roof, contact a roofing contractor to come out and help you with the damage.
For more information, contact a company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.