Fall brings the promise of cooler temperatures and shorter days, but the importance of regular roof maintenance cannot be understated as we enter this new season. Your roof has recently endured scorching summer temperatures, harsh UV rays, and spontaneous severe weather for several months – but is it up to the task of hurricane season and future freezing temperatures? Find out why regular roof maintenance can increase the longevity of your roof, improve your home’s performance, and prevent problems before they can take hold.
What is Regular Roof Maintenance?
Many homeowners aren’t aware that their roofs need routine maintenance to ensure their performance. The integrity of your roof can be preserved through regular upkeep, reducing the frequency of needing a full-replacement. Regular roof maintenance includes:
- General Roof Repairs
- Debris and Mold Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
By performing these maintenance items routinely, you’ll be able to head off potential problems that could lead to a full roof replacement. Missing or misshapen shingles, mold and mildew, or overflowing gutters aren’t just eyesores – they’re also dangerous. A letter from your HOA might not be the only thing you have to worry about if your roof is in a state of deterioration.
Why Roof Maintenance is Important
Your roof is more than just the cherry on top of a house – it’s a vital part of your home’s structural integrity. By keeping the elements out and helping to maintain thermoregulation, your roof’s performance is key to keeping your home safe and comfortable. A damaged roof can compromise these functions, and can bring your curb appeal down in a hurry.
Damaged or missing shingles, fungal growth, and heavy gutters can wreak havoc on the good portions of your roof, your exterior walls, and even your windows. No roof is immune to the effects that the elements can extend, and the lack of shingles doesn’t exempt roofs from routine maintenance. Metal roofs can sustain storm damage and fall victim to rust and other perils, and other types of roofing such as single-ply flat roofs and concrete or clay tile roofs need to have seams, flashing, and individual tiles inspected regularly to maintain both their looks and functionality.
When Is the Best Time to Schedule Roof Maintenance?
Fall is primetime hurricane season in Houston, so there’s never been a better time to schedule a roof inspection. While your roof stood vigilant through the heat and humidity that summer relentlessly doled out, it’s time to see how it will hold up against high winds and driving rain. An inspection this time of the year is especially important if you think your roof has sustained hail or wind damage over the summer.
Even if you feel confident in your roof’s performance through the fall, having your roof serviced before the beginning of winter can help cut down on heating costs and prepare for potential freezing precipitation. Damaged roofs can allow heat to escape and for cold to seep in – sending your electric bill through the roof (literally).
Call the Pros
Professional inspections are the best way to identify trouble areas with your roof. Not only does it save you a trip up your ladder, having a professional assess the condition of your home’s roof can give you realistic expectations for the lifespan and structural integrity of your current roof. And don’t sweat a report that reflects some upgrades – Alliance Roofing offers free estimates for roof repair, replacement, or other services needed.
If you’re questioning the status of your roof as we head into the next season, contact us for a roof inspection. Our team of professionals at Alliance Roofing will help you determine if your roof is ready to undergo some routine maintenance, or if it’s ready to weather whatever nature has in store.