Each season poses challenges for your roof. And in the Australian summer, the country experiences more rainfall and thunderstorms than at other times of the year. Before summer begins then, check your roof to make sure it is ready to withstand the coming wet weather.
You can prepare your roof for a wet summer in various ways.
Clear any debris from your roof
Debris attracts moisture, which can then soak into your roofing materials. Debris also attracts animals and insects that could damage your roof. Your gutters are also at risk, as roof debris can fall into them and block them, which will cause rainwater to pool on your roof and spill over onto your siding. If you see any debris on your roof, try to remove it.
Check for visible signs of damage
Check your roofing materials and flashing for any signs of damage. Missing shingles and tiles can let in rainwater. Rusted metal roofing may also let in rainwater. And if you notice that your flashing is loose or damaged, this is cause for concern since flashing stops rainwater from entering the gaps between your roof and vertical objects like chimneys and vents.
Even minor damage needs repairs before a rainy summer.
Check for plants and animal and insect nests
Plants and animal and insect nests can often be found in gutters that haven't been cleaned in a while. Check for these and remove them before they block the rainwater from reaching your downspout on rainy days.
Evaluate nearby trees
Check the growth pattern of nearby trees. Even if a tree branch hasn't yet reached your roof, it may well grow enough to do so during the spring and summer months. If a tree looks like it could drop debris on your roof during thunderstorms, consider trimming it back.
Check your attic for signs of damage
Check your attic for visible signs of roof deterioration, such as wood rot, mold and damaged insulation from leaking water. Remember to check the air too for the scent of mold or wood rot as not all damage may be immediately visible.
Arrange a roof inspection
If you do spot damage or see a problem that you can deal with yourself, then arrange a roof inspection to confirm the issue. A roofer can then check your roof and suggest a suitable course of action.
Is your roof ready for the thunderstorms and wet weather of summer? If not, call a roofing contractor to ensure your roof is watertight before the rain arrives.
For more information on roofing repairs, contact a company near you.