• Bob Schisler

The Homeowner’s Checklist for Fall Roof Maintenance

It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected once a year. On the roofs we've replaced, we offer periodic roof inspections free of charge because we want to ensure the longevity of your roof. Fall is the best season to have your roof inspected because the winter months can bring snow and windy weather that’s dangerous to the well-being of your roof. It’s also harder to work on it at that time, so it could take a while to fix any problems.

Most homeowners prefer to not climb on their roof, especially since they aren’t sure what to look for once they are up there. Hiring a roofing expert gives you the advantage of having someone who is familiar with how potential leaks may occur over the next few years and preventing that from happening. Click here to schedule a roof tune-up with us.

Want to do it yourself? Here's a Handy Checklist.

☑ Clean out the gutters: Make sure that there isn’t debris building up in your gutters. Water needs a pathway to escape or else it could start going through places you don’t want it to.

Trim tree branches: Rather than waiting for a storm to knock a branch on your roof or having the wind scratch your shingles away, cut nearby branches and trees away from your roof.

Fix nail pops and low nails: These sorts of things happen during the installation of the roof or may happen over time. If they’re not corrected, a shingle will erode around them and result in a leaky roof.

Check your shingles: There might be an area where the seal is no longer tight, in which case the shingles are vulnerable to the wind blowing them off. Occasionally a shingle might already have a crease in it from the wind, which makes it vulnerable to tearing. Depending on the situation, replace or fix these shingles.

Look at your ridge vent: This is the top part of the roof, where it comes to a “v.” Often the nails will back out of aluminum ridge vents. They should be replaced with screws or the nail heads should be sealed so that the moisture cannot get into the roof.

Examine the vent pipe collars: Any pipes or vents on your roof should be looked at, exposed nail heads need to be sealed and oftentimes rubber gaskets will dry out and need to be replaced.

Double-check the chimney: Metal flashings may start to pull away from the brick or stone at the base of the chimney. Caulking might be splitting and require resealing or replacing to avoid a leak. Look at the chimney masonry for any cracks or other deterioration. It’s much less expensive to address a problem now instead of having to rebuild a chimney later down the road.

Study the eaves and valleys, address any issues: These areas can be potential leak sources even if the shingles are in good condition because they require proper waterproofing underlayment to avoid snow and ice damning problems.

There are a lot of good roof replacement companies, but the identification of current or future leak conditions requires a trained eye. Make sure you use a contractor who is well-versed in roofing repairs and general building maintenance requirements since everything is so intertwined. If you’re ready to schedule a tune-up, give us a call at 301-662-0533.

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