Burrrr, do you feel that? Sure, you do, that nip in the air? It means fall is here! At Solid State Construction, we believe there are steps you can take in the fall to make sure your house makes it to the spring in one piece.
Clean Your Gutters
You should take the time to clean your gutters at the end of fall. Gutters can become clogged with leaves, twigs, and other miscellaneous objects. These objects can freeze or get weighed down with water. If that happens your gutters can start to sag, pulling at your roof, leading to damage.
Inspect Your Roof
Check your roof for any inefficiencies that could lead to major problems in the winter. Inspect your flashing (the metal strips that seal the edges, ridges, and corners of your roof) to make sure everything is sealed tight. If flashing is starting to warp or bend, you’ll want to get it taken care of before the Winter.
Inspect the exterior of your home. Are there any shrubs getting out of hand? Overgrown weeds? Deal with these before they get to become a nuisance and start to affect the exterior of your house. You’ll also want to look up in the sky. Look for trees that have limbs that are beginning to sag close to your house. With high winds and ice during the winter these tree limbs can fall onto your home causing major damage. Get these tree limbs taken down before the come down on their own.
If temperatures get too cold during the fall, it is likely you’ll see snow and ice buildup. An often-overlooked step to take when this happens is to deal with icicles that form on the edge of your roof and gutters. Not only are these dangerous, the weight will cause unnecessary stress on your gutters, which can cause roofing issues.