After the busy roofing season, the fall is the ideal time to circle back to existing customers and offer a roof maintenance check before the cold, snowy weather returns. Semi-annual roof inspections are important to the health of your roof. Most homeowners service their furnace, cars, and other home items in the spring and fall, and the roof should be included on their maintenance list. Contractors should help homeowners avoid unpleasant surprises by checking in the springtime for post-winter damage, then again in the fall to clear off debris and prepare the roof to protect the home during the winter months.
Here are the checks a contractor should perform on a home twice a year. Use this list to help explain to a homeowner why maintenance will save them money and help their roof last:
Gutters: Gutters are one of the most important parts of a home, and blocked gutters are a big source of leaks. If gutters are clogged with leaves, shingle granules, branches, and other debris, then water can’t funnel off the roof and away from the house. That can cause severe damage to the roof, walls, and gutters, and can be quite pricey to fix.
Shingles: An inspection will uncover any shingle tabs that have come loose or have broken, curled, or warped. Another possibility is that a branch could’ve fallen on the roof and caused damage. These simple repairs will help avoid costly water issues down the road.
Vents: Neoprene or rubber can crack with age, while critters can cause damage to any vented area on the roof. Resealing will fix these vent problems and help keep animals and water out.
Flashings: Chimneys have three potential issues: flashing, siding, and the cap that can contribute to leaks. An inspection will ensure the area is properly flashed and sealed. Flashing on skylights can easily get water trapped behind them as well.
Attic: Many times it’s the attic that is the source of the problem rather than the roof. Issues such as improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, fans, or animal or bug infestation can cause mold, algae, or moisture condensation in the attic space.
With the potential for a strong El Niño, contractors should start to reach out to homeowners now to offer maintenance and repairs before winter hits hard.