Summer is nearly here, and preparing your home’s exterior will go a long way in preventing damage or costly repairs. With the help of Porter Roofing & Restoration, you can follow these tips to get your Central Indiana home ready for all the summer weather that’s to come.
Clean your Gutters
The blossoming trees and flowers of spring may look beautiful, but they can also clog up your gutters. Especially if you didn’t clean out your gutters after last fall, make it a priority for this season before any heavy summer rainfall. Sitting water on your roof can damage your shingles and lead to leaks or flooding in your home. Clogged gutters may even cause damage to the fascia or siding where your gutters are attached to the exterior if they become too heavy to stay attached properly.
Prepare for Summer Storms
Along with cleaning your gutters, there are a few other ways that you can prepare for summer storms. Heavy thunderstorms can go by in the blink of eye, but they can also leave a lot of damage in their wake. Trim trees or bushes of loose branches to prevent them from breaking off and falling into your home during heavy winds. High winds in a thunderstorm can also send outdoor equipment flying, so store away toys or lighter furniture when you know a storm is coming. If you have a skylight in your home, be sure to have it inspected regularly during stormy seasons.
Look for Signs of Damage
Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the sun and other harmful weather events. After a storm, take a quick walk around your home to look for any potential damage. Always keep an eye out for missing shingles, or shingles that look faded, warped, chipped or otherwise deformed. It may not be easy to spot these issues from the ground, so we recommend scheduling regular roof inspections with our roofing experts as well.
Watch for Leaks
Broken or chipped shingles mean that water can enter your home easier, which can cause serious damage if the issue is not caught early enough. If you see damaged shingles on your roof, check inside your attic for any moisture too. A full roofing inspection from Porter Roofing & Restoration can also include an attic inspection for leaks, preventing up to thousands of dollars in damage from a leak in your home.
Check Your Attic’s Insulation
While you’re taking a look at your attic, check out the insulation as well. Before the dog days of summer arrive, ensuring that your attic is well-insulated can help keep your family more comfortable at home. You may also notice a need for better insulation through your utility bills. If your HVAC system is working overtime to cool down your home, better insulation could help lower your utility bills by up to 15-20%. When needed, our roofing experts can install new insulation in your attic before the thermometer rises even higher this summer.
If you are interested in learning more about summer maintenance for your home and roof, contact the Porter Roofing experts at 317-350-ROOF or schedule a free consultation online today.