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Top 5 Summer Roof Maintenance Tips

Posted on: July 21, 2016

As a homeowner, you’re probably aware that your roof is an important part of your house. But did you know maintaining your roof can extend its life and add to your home’s comfort? Though in theory you can inspect shingles from the ground with a pair of binoculars, maintenance should be up close and personal.  So how can you make sure your roof is receiving the maintenance it deserves? Check out the tips below—or contact the experts at Fowler Homes today by calling 770-744-5992!

Our Roofing Maintenance Tips

Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts can add moisture around the eaves of your house, which will eventually cause water infiltration into the roof if not corrected. You can check to see if they are flowing freely on a rainy day but it is best to inspect them visually.

Look for Leaks and Signs of Mold

Did you know that mold on a ceiling can indicate a roof leak? You can also find indications of a leak by inspecting the underside of the roof in your attic. Unfortunately, mold can manifest itself in your attic from a roof leak or from improper ventilation, so make sure the problem is taken care of quickly!

Check for Proper Ventilation

An attic without proper ventilation can become overheated in the summer or build up condensation in the winter. This moisture can produce mold and mildew—and an overheated attic space can increase power bills. If your home is over ten years old, chances are your attic is not properly ventilated.

Check the Flashing

Flashing is used in the valleys of your roof to direct water away. Usually made from aluminum, plastic or a composite material, flashing needs to be properly sealed to prevent water infiltration into your home. If you need help weatherproofing your roof, it may be a good idea to get in touch with the professionals.

Check the Pipe Boots

Placed around any vent pipes that extend through your roof, pipe boots are the number one cause of most roof leaks. Made from plastic, they tend to break down due to exposure to the sun and you need to make sure they don’t need to be replaced—and if they do, enlist the help of a roofing expert.

Roof Maintenance in Canton, Georgia

Taking care of roof problems now can save you from problems down the road. Think about it—a leak can be expensive and cause damage that may threaten the integrity of your home. Have yours inspected today so when storms roll in, you can rest assured that your roof will perform its job. If you need help with maintenance and repairs, give the contractors at Fowler Homes a call at 770-744-5992! No matter the problem, our team can help you find a solution—get in touch with us today to learn more.

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