Your roof endures many seasons, and summer is no exception. Regular maintenance and repairs can extend the lifespan of your roof. Here are five essential areas to check and maintain during the summer.

Inspect Shingles and Repair Flashing

During the summer, your roofing materials expand and contract with varying temperatures and weather conditions, causing shingle displacement and brittleness, especially in roofs over 15 years old. Look for broken shingles or any gaps between them. Additionally, inspect the flashing around your chimney or vents, as caulk in these areas often fails before your shingles do. Mould and mildew thrive in warm, damp conditions, so if you see dark patches on your roof, have a professional roofer inspect them closely.

Inspect and Clean Gutters

Ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. In the spring, seeds can settle in clogged gutters and take root, growing throughout the summer. This can create a massive headache, making gutters even more challenging to clear. Clean gutters are essential in summer as it can rain a significant amount in short periods during the summer. Your gutters must be working fully to direct water away from your home. You can clean your gutters, but if you need help getting on a ladder or finding significant damage, we offer gutter repair as well.

Check the Eaves

Inspect the underside of your eaves—the part of the roof that overhangs your home. This area is a familiar spot for bugs to build nests or hives. While some nests are harmless, you will want to remove hives, as stinging insects often build on the underside of leaves. If you see signs of dangerous insects, call an exterminator. Also, check for insect damage in your siding, which should be repaired promptly to prevent moisture from entering your home.

Trim Nearby Trees

Intense summer storms can quickly bring down branches onto your roof. It’s wise to clear them before thunderstorms roll in. Smaller twig and leaf build-up can also become a significant issue, as this debris can quickly clog gutters. Even if there aren’t large branches, trim nearby tree growth around your roof each summer.

Analyze Roof Insulation and Attic Ventilation

Insulation is crucial for keeping your home cool during the summer, not just warm in the winter. Ensure your home has the proper insulation and check that it hasn’t become damp from humidity or leaks. Proper attic ventilation helps regulate temperature and avoid humidity, which leads to mould and mildew. A professional roofer can measure and calculate the appropriate ventilation for your home.

Schedule an Inspection

Every passing summer increases the likelihood of damage to your roof. Conducting a summer inspection can prevent the need for more expensive repairs or a complete roof replacement.

Our Victoria roofers will perform a standard inspection. Contact the roofing specialists here at Vintage Roofing today.

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