Fall & Winter Roof Maintenance Tasks

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October snow is not an unusual sight in Denver.

Chalk it up to the city’s mile-high elevation, if you will, but winter usually comes early in Denver. The city’s first measurable snowfall occurs on October 18, on average, according to the National Weather Service.

That’s right – fall in Denver is incredibly brief.

Completing the following roof maintenance tasks are strongly encouraged. Tasks such as gutter cleaning will help uncover any problems and increase your peace of mind. The last thing anyone wants is to discover a roof leak during a snowstorm.

Don’t forget to celebrate the fall season. Enjoy the dropping temperatures and changing leaves while sipping on hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte. The stores are stocked with seasonal decorations for decorating your front porch as well.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutters divert rainwater and snowmelt away from your home. Clogged gutters can contribute to a variety of problems, many of which can be quite costly to fix, including ice dams and structural damage to your home. Severe problems caused by clogged gutters include roof damage, foundation upheaval, and soil erosion. Pests and insects may also view them as an invitation to enter your house.

Semi-annual gutter cleaning is your best defense against water damage. Professional gutter cleaning is ideal if your house is more than one story tall. If your home is only one story, and you decide to go the DIY route, make sure to have a spotter and use ladder standoffs. You may also want to consider replacing your gutters. There are several options for replacement gutters, including one-piece systems that are virtually maintenance-free, so you never need to worry about cleaning them again.

Visually Inspect the Roof

Rain and snow are no match for a roof in good condition. Year round, however, it must endure a lot of wear and tear. That is why detecting minor problems before they manifest is essential. You should perform a visual inspection, using binoculars not a ladder, twice a year as well as after any significant storm.

From the safety of the ground, look for shingles that come loose or have broken, curled, or warped. Also, look for signs of aging such as severe curling, bald spots, or excessive granule loss. The latter is often noticeable during gutter cleaning.

After checking the roof from the outside, it’s time to head up to the attic. Look for daylight entering through the rafters or water damage to the walls, decking, or insulation. Did you notice any problems? If so, contact a local, licensed roofing contractor to come out to your home and take a closer look.

Take Care of Overhanging Tree Branches

The main reason to prune trees, in this case, is safety. Trim branches to ensure they don’t abrade the shingle’s protective outer layer. You should also remove any overhanging limbs. Pruning your trees can also reduce the amount of debris that enters your gutters. However, you should still complete semi-annual gutter cleaning as part of your fall and winter roof maintenance.

Expert Roofers in Denver

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing roof for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado.

We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofers and receive an accurate roof repair or replacement quote.

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