There’s nothing quite like fall in the Hudson Valley. But the changing leaves and cooler weather also remind us that winter is around the corner—and that this season gives one last chance to tackle any put-off home projects before the snow arrives.
We tend to not think about our roofs until there’s a problem, but regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs for homeowners—not to mention, limit liability on a rental property—while ensuring your house stays energy efficient as the seasons change.
Here are six roof maintenance tips for fall in the Hudson Valley.
1. Get an inspection from a trusted roofer
Remember: Just because you don’t see any obvious damage, you may not be aware of problems brewing. Experienced roofers—like the professionals at GKontos Roofing Specialists—are trained to look for any underlying issues or potential trouble spots that could become major repairs later if they’re not addressed now. (Contact us today to schedule an inspection!)
2. Repair damaged shingles before snow arrives
If you notice any damaged or missing shingles, you’ll want to get them replaced as soon as possible. As temperatures drop, moisture that’s gotten into the exposed area can turn to ice, further damaging your roof. Snow in the Hudson Valley can start as soon as October and continue through the beginning of spring, so be sure to take care of shingle repair early in the autumn season.
3. Repair damaged shingles before snow arrives
This is a great roof maintenance tip for Hudson Valley homeowners year-round, but especially once those autumn leaves fall because they can clog gutters and prevent water from properly flowing. If that water freezes during winter, it can damage both your gutter system and your roof. Remove tree limbs that hang over your home, as storms or heavy snow can break branches and damage your roof.
4. Examine your chimney flashing
Flashing is the connection between your chimney and roof, and it should be watertight. If moisture gets in, it can damage your chimney system and the repairs can be costly. Fix or replace faulty flashing before you need to use your chimney.
5. Check attic ventilation to prevent moisture in your attic over the winter months
Without proper ventilation, heat will rise from other parts of your home and become trapped in your attic. Once this warm air hits the difference in temperature in your attic, it will turn into condensation. This could cause the wood in your attic to rot over time, not to mention ice-related damage during winter or even mold growth. You always want to allow hot air to rise and escape your attic. Here’s a tip: Keep an eye out for moss or algae growing on your roof as well. This also indicates moisture. Moisture can build up on the top of your roof for several reasons. Natural causes and poor workmanship when not following guidelines. (Call us over to learn more)
6. Check attic insulation to keep your home warm
Don’t let the warmth of your heating system escape through a poorly insulated attic; be sure to keep your home cozy and energy efficient by replacing damaged insulation.
With cooler weather fast approaching, now is the ideal time to ensure your home is ready for whatever the coming seasons bring—and you can trust the professionals at GKontos Roofing Specialists for your roofing needs.
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