Keeping your home up over the years involves regular maintenance, and your roof is no exception. But as the year continues, what kinds of maintenance are specific to the season?
Here’s a quick look at how Buffalo resident’s seasonal roofing maintenance tasks stay the same and how they change through the seasons:
Roofing Maintenance Through the Seasons
During every season, you’ll want to undertake regular inspections of your roofing system. This includes checking for damage at the roof surface, such as rusting flashing, soft spots in the decking, and damaged or missing shingles. Check your attic for leaks or water damage, while making sure vents are clean to provide good ventilation. Remove any debris that is on your roof and check the seals around roof penetrations such as skylights, chimneys, and vents.
In the spring, you’ll want to check that your gutters and downspouts are cleared so that they can remove the moisture from your roof and flow away from your home’s foundation.
Pay close attention during your seasonal inspection for potential damage due to UV radiation and heat. Cupping or curling shingles, sealant that is becoming brittle or cracking, and similar issues need to be addressed before you end up with leaks due to a compromised roof envelope.
You’ll also want to clean out your gutters in the fall, preferably after the leaves have fallen so that you don’t have to do the same task all over again. You should trim any nearby trees that have branches that could fall onto your roof during the winter, so that you don’t have to deal with damage during harsh weather.
With the heavy snowfall that is common to upstate New York, keeping your roof free from excess snow is vital to keeping your roof’s structure from being damaged due to weight. This is especially important on low-slope or flat roofs, where the snow is less likely to fall or slide off.
By undertaking the seasonal roofing repairs and maintenance that your Buffalo home needs throughout all seasons, you can ensure that your roof will continue to perform well for many years to come. If you need help undertaking roof maintenance or repairs, the experienced professionals at AVA Roofing can help. Please feel free to contact us today with any questions, for more information, or to schedule a consultation.