The leaves are falling and (finally) so are the temperatures. While autumn is usually late to arrive to south Louisiana, it is well worth the wait. Football is in full swing and the holidays are quickly approaching, and as your calendar fills up with shopping, parties and events, it should include one more activity; checking your roof.
Taking a seasonal look at the condition of your roof is a very good idea. After the rains and storms of summer and the recent newly fallen leaves there will be some debris and possible damage. Here are a few things to look for.
- Debris: Sticks and leaves that fall from nearby trees can damage shingles. Anything resting on your roof needs to be removed as not to damage the roof or create extra weight on your home.
- Gutters: Just like your roof, your gutters are a popular place for leaves, sticks and other things to collect. Not only do clean gutters give your roof a place to channel water away, they are also important to the health of your home’s foundation. Full gutters will force water over the edges and this can mean water can pool on the roof or puddle against your foundation.
- Damaged shingles: Whether it’s the weight of debris, the force of winds or inundation from water, this is a great time to check the condition of your shingles. Some can be repaired or replaced by hand, but extensive damage may require professional assistance.
- Check your attic: A well maintained roof can keep your energy costs low as winter arrives. Once you’ve cleaned your roof, check your attic. Look for any places where light is coming through, or any spots where water may have gotten in. Addressing these areas can make your home more efficient.
These are only a few areas to pay attention to this fall. This is a great time of the year to take care of a few things around the house that the summer heat made unbearable. If you notice some damage or have concerns about your roof, trust a local roofing company. For over 50 years Cribbs Incorporated has been helping home and business owners with their roofing and sheet metal needs. They always offer a free estimate. For more information check out our guide to a new roof.