The harsh winter is finally over, and throughout Pennsylvania, we’re enjoying the gorgeous spring weather. April showers have come and gone, and your roof can finally get the break it deserves. However, summer storms and intense heat are right around the corner, and both can cause significant damage to an unprepared roof. To ensure your roof is summer-ready, the experts at Rutter Roofing & Exteriors put together a few simple steps to follow so you never have to worry.
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutter system collects leaves, sticks, and other debris throughout the spring. The accumulation of these unwanted materials can cause significant damage to your gutters and your roofing system. To avoid costly repairs and prepare your roof for summer storms, thoroughly inspect and clean the entirety of your gutter system. Doing so allows your gutters to function as they should. If a hurricane or heavy rainfall rolls through your area, it could mean big problems if your gutters aren’t cleaned. If your gutters are clogged, water will have nowhere to go except inside your home. The added weight of the water can also force your gutters to tear away completely from your roof, causing a great deal of damage to your home.
Check for Damaged Roof Shingles
When preparing your home for the summer heat, take note of the state of your shingles. The changing of the seasons can cause your shingles to come loose, warp, crack, or break, exposing the vulnerable underlayer of your roofing system. Damaged roof shingles can be the start of a severe problem. These damaged areas are prone to leaks, and with water damage comes mold and mildew growth. It’s critical to address these damages as soon as you notice them.
Schedule an Inspection
While the above steps can often be do-it-yourself, it is essential to consult with an expert roofing contractor for a complete and professional roofing inspection. During an inspection, your contractor will look at:
- Your attic’s ventilation system
- Any visible signs of leaks or interior water damage
- The condition of your roof’s decking
- Your roof vents
- Condition of your shingles
- Your roof’s penetrations and skylights
- Your chimney
- Your roof flashing
- And your gutter system
To best prevent roof damage in the summer, contact a professional roofing company that can thoroughly inspect and repair your roof.
Prevent Roof Damage in the Summer
Intense heat can negatively affect the performance and longevity of your roof. There are several visible signs that your roof is suffering and may be due for a roof repair or replacement. The most common include:
- Cracked shingles
- Shrinking or blistering shingles
- Broken flashing
There are various ways you can prevent summertime damage to your roof, and they include:
- Proper roof installation
- Light-colored shingles
- Adequate ventilation
- Regular maintenance and inspections
At Rutter Roofing & Exteriors, we are your local roof repair and replacement contractors. No matter what type of roof you have or what condition it’s in, our team can help you with any roofing project, large or small. If you’d like to receive a free estimate or set up an appointment, contact us at 610-584-2084.