If you own your home, there is maintenance you must do. Part of this maintenance is ensuring your roof stays in good condition. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent damage to your roof, two of which are listed below.
Install a New Gutter System
If the gutters on your home are old, now would be a good time to replace them. Walk around your home and inspect your gutters closely. If you see any type of deterioration or many places where the gutters have become loose, you should replace them. Water may not flow well in old gutters, which means the water can back up under your roof. If this happens, water can get into your attic causing the roof rafters to deteriorate. Mold and mildew can also start growing in your attic due to the wetness. Mold and mildew can even grow in areas that are only damp.
When it comes to gutter systems you have the option of seams or seamless. Seams are the traditional type that comes in several parts that are connected together. Seamless gutters are all in one piece so there are no seams. This is more aesthetically pleasing, and you do not have to worry about water leakage at the seams.
Inspect the Roof
Another thing you should do before the cold weather arrives is to inspect your roof for any kind of damage. For example, if you see a few loose tiles, you can likely fix these yourself using roofing nails. If you see a lot of loose roofing tiles, however, you will need a roofing contractor. If a lot of tiles are missing completely, this can result in roof deterioration and leaks in your roof. If this happens, water leaks into your attic and causes problems with rafters, installation, mold and mildew, wiring, and much more. Hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They can spot damage that you may not see yourself and repair the roof for you.
If your roof is old, this would be a good time to replace it. The roofing contractor that you hire can tell you if this would be a good option for you. The roofing contractor can then go over all the roofing options you have, which could be replacing your roof with the same roofing tiles or choosing something totally different.
You can save a lot of money in the long run if you take these steps to protect your roof this fall. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Drey Roofing.