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3 Tips To Keep Your Roof Prepared For The Summer Heat

3 tips to keep your roof prepared for summer heat

With summer finally here, most of us here in the Jacksonville area know that our home's are going to be in somewhat of a shooting gallery here for the coming months while we patiently wait for hurricane season to pass, and while hurricanes are probably the most dire threat to our homes, most homeowners tend to forget that there are a number of other factors out there that can cause serious damage to your home in the coming months, especially when it comes to your roof. While many homeowners might think that as long as we don't get any stray storms through the area, their roofs should be find, the truth of the matter is that there are plenty of other factors out there that add up to make the summer months a particularly rough time for your home's roof. Between the scorching heat, the intense sunlight, high winds, and pounding rain, your roof takes quite a beating during the summer, and this means that there are several things you need to make sure have been accomplished before we get too far into the summer, and it's too late. To assist you in keeping your roof in the best shape possible over the coming months, our team of experienced professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing several of the primary steps you can take now to prepare your roof for the summer heat.

Clean Your Gutters

Despite what you might think, your home's gutters provide an absolutely vital function for your home and help to keep your roof protected, but they can only do so when they are free and clear of debris. Most of the debris and dirt that winds up in your gutters tend to come down during the summer months. This includes things like twigs, dust, small rocks, leaves, and any branches or storm debris that might find its way there with the help of the wind. All of these things add up to prevent your gutters from functioning like they should be, and that can mean big issues if a hurricane or a heavy rainstorm rolls through the area. If your gutters are clogged, that water could wind up pooling on your roof and seeping into your attic, or the added weight of the water in your gutters could actually cause them to tear away from your home, causing a great deal of damage to your home in the process. Now is the time to get up there and make sure that your gutters are completely cleaned out, or if you don't feel comfortable doing so, you can always call in a professional to take care of the job for you.

Check Your Roof For Missing Shingles Or Tiles

The changing temperatures during the winter and spring months can actually cause the tiles and shingles on your roof to come loose sometimes, and when this happens, the vulnerable underlayer of your roofing will become exposed to the elements. This can be a serious issue as these are prime spots for leaks to occur, and as those of us here in Florida know, water damage isn't something you want to have to mess around with. Water damage can bring a wide variety of different issues with it, including mold and mildew growth, which can be extremely difficult to remedy once it has set in. Now, while summer is still heating up, is the time to get up on your roof, or have a professional do so, and take a look around to spot any areas where the shingles or tiles of your roof might have come loose during the previous months. If you do find any cases of this, it is recommended that you get them repaired as quickly as possible, as otherwise you could easily find yourself with water pouring into areas of your home that you don't want it.

Get An Inspection

One of the best forms of preventative maintenance that you can invest in for your roof is a professional roofing inspection, especially if your roof is approaching 20 years or older. The summer months are a prime time to schedule these inspections, as a roofing professional will be able to help you with all of the various tasks you need to perform to ensure that your roof is ready to weather the coming months, and to remain in the best condition while doing so. Call Benton Integrity Roofing Systems to find out more today!

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