Among all our other fall preparations, one important one to keep in mind is roof and gutter maintenance. Who wants a leaky roof or broken gutter this winter?
Use these tips to help you inspect your roof and gutters:
Check often, check early: It’s best that you inspect your roof regularly for wear and tear. Like most home improvement tasks, spring and fall are the best times.
Safety First: You don’t have to get on a ladder for all inspections–many can be done from the ground with binoculars. In fact, it’s best that you do as much as possible from the ground: it’s safer and will do zero damage to your roof.
Up Close and Personal: If you do need to get up on the roof, be extra careful. Make sure you’re ladder’s secured and stay safe–a fall arrest system is best.
- Buckling, curling or blistering asphalt shingles – replace shingles if only a few damaged
- Loose material or wear around chimneys and pipes – replace shingles
- Large amounts of asphalt shingle granules in your gutters (this means that your roof is aging rapidly) – call a pro
- Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing – replace flashing
- Missing or broken shingles – replace and seal shingles
- Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes – replace boots
- Missing or damaged chimney cap – replace cap
- Large amounts of moss and lichen–a sign of decay (don’t worry about black algae stains unless you’re keeping up appearances) – scrape, clean, inspect, if necessary replace shingles and try our Z-Stop Zinc Strip to stop further growth [product sku=”111732″]
- Bent, damaged or missing flashing – replace flashing
- Pitting, rusting and corrosion, loose or open seams on metal roofs – call a pro
- Broken chipped or missing pieces of slate and clay tile shingles. (Don’t get on the roof if you have these types of shingles; they break easily). – call a pro
- Loose nails – hammer down
- Debris (leaves etc.) in gutter – clean out by hand or with DoitBest.com’s gutter cleaning brush
- Clogged downspout – unclog by hand and run plumbing snake if necessary
- Standing water in gutter (insufficient slope) – measure from the peak to the downspout both sides, snap chalk line to compare, bend hangers (minimum slope is 1/4″ per 10 feet of run) to fix, rehang if necessary
- Space between gutter and wall or fascia – tighten or replace hangers and nails
- Leaks in seams or cracks – caulk
- Damaged components – replace
What Supplies You’ll Need:
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In the meantime, check out these neat Ideabooks from Houzz on October to-dos: