Fall brings cold, snow, and rain. On their own, these can be rough on your roof. The weather has a big indirect impact on your roof too. As the weather gets colder and wetter, critters look for warmer and drier places to nest. Attics make for nice cozy dens. Rodents, bats, raccoons, squirrels, and others will take advantage of small gaps or openings. Once inside, they do further damage, potentially affect your health (urine and feces). Now you need a pest control solution AND roof repairs.
October is a great time to have your roof inspected to make sure any little issues do not become ghoulish surprises later. The pitter-patter of footsteps, noises in the wall, the incessant sound of water dripping – save them for the haunted house, not your home.
The essentials for fall roof maintenance:
Hire a professional. This may sound self serving but the average homeowner is not qualified to identify many issues or repair them. Missing even one could cause bigger problems later. There’s the safety issue as well. Roofs are dangerous, from falling off to falling through, not to mention ladders. Roof inspection, repair, and maintenance should be left to a professional.
Start with an overall inspection. This will give you an update on the overall “health” of your roof and help determine what is most important and done first. This inspection will look at
The condition of the shingles and underlayment (Missing or damaged shingles and soft spots in the decking)