Landlords are responsible for keeping up with the maintenance of their properties. There are many things to consider both inside and out, but there’s nothing more important to maintain than the roof.
This is especially true when it comes to winter weather because the snow, wind, and ice can be very hard on a roof. Without the proper maintenance, your roof could be compromised, causing leaks and water damage inside and outside your property.
Here are a few tips that will ensure your roof is ready for winter weather.
Check for damage
It’s important to check your roof for damage in the fall. That way you can make any repairs that are needed before the first snowfall of the season. Landlords that aren’t comfortable climbing on the roof themselves can do a cursory inspection with binoculars, but getting up on the roof is the best.
Inspect the tiles on the roof. Shingles with frayed or curling edges should be replaced, as they can compromise the seal on your roof, ultimately letting water seep through. You may discover that a shingle is completely missing and needs to be replaced.
Don’t forget about the flashing around chimney stacks and skylights. If the flashing looks loose or damaged, it will need to be replaced because damaged flashing is the easiest way for water to get into your property.
Clean off the roof
Most landlords understand the importance of repairing the roof as problems arise, but most people don’t realize that debris should be cleared from the roof as well. Even a pile of leaves can potentially compromise your roof. That’s because even small pieces of debris can attract moisture, creating mold, mildew, and rot that can damage your roofing material.
Using a broom or a leaf blower, clear your roof of debris. Make sure you clear away large pieces of debris, like sticks and branches, too. Pay extra attention to dips and valleys on the roof, if your roof has them, as water can collect and cause damage. Your ultimate goal is to make sure that every area of your roof is able to redirect water into the gutters.
Don’t forget to clean the gutters
Gutters aren’t a self-functioning system, but many landlords and homeowners treat them this way. They need a little help from you in order to function properly. Without your help, they can become clogged and damaged, which in turn allows water to collect on the roof and near the foundation of your property.
Spend extra time in the fall clearing those gutters as the leaves fall. Once the trees are completely bare, give them one final cleaning. If you detest cleaning gutters, consider installing screen guards and you won’t have to worry about cleaning them ever again.
Take the time to inspect the gutters too. It doesn’t take much for gutters to pull loose from the house. As gutters get old, they may pull apart or become damaged. You should also make sure that the downspout is effectively redirecting the water away from your property. The fall is a good time to do gutter repairs.
Landlords that take care of these maintenance chores before the winter season appreciate not having to deal with a problem as soon as the snow, and the colder temperatures, hit. These tips will make sure you won’t have to worry about your roof again until next spring.