As much as we might not like the idea that summer is coming to an end, the signs are there: the sun is rising later, the leaves are just starting to show signs of yellow and the mornings are definitely colder. This means that it is time to start thinking about routine maintenance for your roof.
September and October are the best time to prepare your home for winter. An inspection performed by an experienced roofer will give you peace of mind that your roof is ready for another season of snow and ice. Basic maintenance can also be performed, including touching up aging caulking on your flashing or addressing any animal or wind damage that might have gone unnoticed from earlier in the year.
You will also want to make sure your eavestroughs are cleaned before they freeze. Timing is everything with tasks like these but if you have a lot of leafy trees around your property, you will want to book a gutter cleaning so all the leaves and debris can be cleaned out. This is important for a couple of reasons:
- Debris slows or even stops the flow of water through your eavestrough and downpipe system. This can lead to water backing up under your shingles and leaking inside your home OR water draining down the side of your home, staining your exterior.
- If the water is moving slowly in your eavestrough, when the temperatures drop below freezing, the weight of the water and the debris can actually cause your gutter to sag or even pull loose from your home resulting in an expensive repair bill.
At Chouinard Bros., we have an experienced team of roofers in our Service Department who are dedicated to helping homeowners, not only when emergency repairs are needed but also when routine maintenance is required. Call us today to book your appointment and inquire about our Roof Care Bundle which is designed to remove the burden completely.
Please note: Chouinard Bros. does not recommend any homeowner complete repairs to their roof of their own. Our technicians are skilled at performing this work and have received years of training to understand how to complete repairs safely.