If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you know stormy weather. You anticipate stormy weather. You thrive in stormy weather. So as you don an umbrella or raincoat this fall, ask yourself: is my roof as ready for the wind, rain, or snow as I am? If you’re unsure, take a look at these tips to give your roof its own raincoat—figuratively speaking.
1. Clear The Debris
Pine needles, branches, pinecones, moss—this buildup can create blockage (mini dams) that collect water, rot roof decking, and leak through to your interior walls and sheetrock.
The best way to avoid this headache is to regularly clear the debris from your roof. You can clean it by hand, but keep in mind that this requires you have safe mobility on your roof. A broom will allow you broader coverage, and a leaf blower won’t require as much elbow grease.
2. Trim Your Trees
If you think that trimming your trees doesn’t make a difference for your roof, think again. Branches, particularly large ones, can cause major damage and potentially even pose safety hazards if they fall on your roof. Trimming your trees solves this problem before it starts.
3. Secure Loose Shingles
This may be a job that’s best left to your trusted roofer—CSM. If you see loose shingles, give us a call. One of our experienced roofers will inspect your roof and recommend a solution to fit your needs and budget.
4. Clean Out Your Gutter
Gutter buildup can be detrimental for your roof. Collections of water caused by blockage can infiltrate weak spots in your roof and seep into your home. It may not be a fun job, but it’s necessary to keeping water where it belongs—outside.
Doing a little prep work on your roof now can save major time and money down the road. Plus, there are better things to do during a storm than worry about your roof… like sipping hot chocolate while reading a good book. Bring on the storms.