With summer nearing its end and the hustle and bustle of the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to clean your roof. Keeping your roof clean can seem like a tedious task, but it’s essential if you want to prolong its life and protect your home. Your roof goes through a lot, especially with the summer storms we have here in Alabama and Florida. Here are some areas and tasks you should pay special attention to when you’re ready to clean!
Trim Nearby Trees
Falling debris like branches and tree leaves can damage shingles and clog your gutters, so if you see trees lingering around your roof, go ahead and get those trimmed back. It’s better to trim them now than for it to be a problem later if a storm hits. It is recommended to contact a professional to take care of this job, as it can cause problems if you attempt to but are unable.
As mentioned above, debris can fall into gutters and cause clogs, so it’s important to clean your gutters regularly as a preventative measure. To clean your gutters effectively, follow these steps:
- Get on a ladder. Adjust the ladder to where you don’t have to stretch and reach to avoid the potential for injury
- Put on gloves and carefully remove the debris from the gutters with your hands or a gutter scoop and place it into a trash bag or bucket
- Remove and clean the downspout strainers
- Attach a strong spray nozzle to your garden hose and flush out the gutter while looking for leaks as you go
If at any time you feel like the task is too difficult, consult with a professional.
Before cleaning your shingles, it is important to inspect them to look for signs of damage. If you see missing, curled, or damaged shingles, schedule someone to make the repairs, as leaving damages untouched can lead to a myriad of issues. To clean your shingles, mix equal parts chlorine bleach and water and use a sprayer attached to your hose to spread the mixture.
Examine Your Attic
Not all roof damage is visible outside. To ensure your roof isn’t leaking, look in your attic for signs of mold. To get a better look, bring a flashlight with you. Take note of any discoloration and set up an appointment with a professional as soon as possible if you believe you have detected mold.