Summer And Winter Roofing Care Tips

While you want to keep an eye on your roof at all times of the year, there are certain things you may want to make sure that you do during the start of summer and the start of winter to know you are properly maintaining the roof. This article will offer you pointers on some of those things that you want to do for your roof:  

Summertime roof care and maintenance tips 

As soon as summer starts approaching, you want to make sure your roof is ready for those hotter conditions and anything else that summertime can bring with it in the region that you live in.  

Fire prevention: 

 The first thing you want to do is to decrease your chances of having your roof catch fire. One of the things you want to do to help prevent a fire is to make it a point to remove all of the debris out of your rain gutters. All of those leaves and twigs will only become drier and drier as the summer months press on. The drier they get, the more chance they will ignite if a stray hot ash finds its way into one of your rain gutters.  

You also want to clean leaves and twigs off of the surfaces of your roof for this same reason. If there are any dying tree branches hanging right above the roof, they should also be cut down and removed.  

Wintertime roof care and maintenance tips 

As winter approaches, you will find yourself wanting to prevent other types of problems that have to do with possible weather-related problems.  

Ice dam prevention: 

If you live in an area where you have to deal with snow and ice, then you may also have to worry about ice dams on your roof. There is a simple way for you to prevent them from developing on the parts of your roof they normally tend to. This is to buy a large bag of rock salt and spread a generous amount of salt on that area of the roof when you learn that the temperatures will be below freezing. As an added safety precaution, you should also corroder off the area under that worrisome part of the roof just in case, this way you won't have to worry about ice falling on someone walking under there. Also, move breakable items to keep them safe. Use a shovel or another long object to break icicles before they become large and dangerous ones.  

Check the overall condition of the roof 

Before that rain and snow comes, check the entire surface of the roof and have any broken or missing shingles or tiles replaced. Make sure all of the flashing is in good condition, or have it also taken care of before the wetter weather sets in.  

For more information, contact local home roofing services.