Roofing advice to homeowners in the wake of the wet seasons.
Though Gainesville does not see precipitation like the Pacific Northwest, its rainfall average is higher than the US average, making for a very wet late spring and summer conditions, peaking in July.
Combined with the high humidity and persistent rainfall, your roof is subject to a great deal of wear and tear. Water alone may just be your roof’s number one threat, although wind, hail, and snow come close, so it’s important to know how to make the rain a friend in the onslaught of the heavy rains.
Brett Hayse Exterior Specialists gets the rainy season in Gainesville — we’ve helped many homes in the area combat and prevent roofing damage the rains can often cause. Follow along in today’s blog and take a moment to turn the Gainesville rain into a friend that you don’t mind so much! Read the tips and considerations below.
What Does Rain Mean For Your Roof — Friend or Foe?
We cannot beat or outrun extreme weather and, at some point, we just have to relax into the rainy days ahead. In the meantime, there are always things you can do to prepare your roof and make it an ally in the upcoming precipitation.
Most homes have gutters but if yours does not, now is a great time to get them installed. A whole host of issues can occur when you don’t have gutters. Gutters efficiently move excess water away from your home and onto the ground. This prevents rain from running down the sides of your home and potentially penetrating the wood, causing structural damage and mold issues.
Besides protecting your home, gutters protect from soil erosion — without them, the water plunges to the ground, washing away the soil. Over time this can affect the foundation of your home, causing basement flooding or water pooling at the perimeter of your home.
Clean Your Gutters
When you have gutters, it is vital to keep them clean and free of debris. It’s basic roof maintenance but it protects your home as the rains arise. In the fall, clear your gutters from leaves and any small branches so water and melting snow in the winter can be directed away from your home and onto the ground. A clean gutter will also prevent a backup or overflow of water when the heavy rains hit.
Get a Shingle and Flashing Inspection
You want your roof to be prepared for the rainy season and this means getting your shingles and flashing inspected beforehand. Roof specialists can detect any loose or missing shingles, rusted or damaged flashing, and other roofing pieces that need to be repaired. Do this before the moisture to ensure a dry and safe home inside.
Address Limbs and Branches
Not only is it dangerous to have overhanging limbs on your roof, but it can also cause water issues during the rain. It creates a spout of sorts, for the rain to trickle down onto, making it easier to pool and stick around. It can also spread debris and make your roof more susceptible to decay.
Replace Your Roof
A new roof will come after repairs and maintenance when they just can’t do the trick anymore, and typically this just comes with age. If your roof is old and shows signs of wear and tear, it’s important to tackle these issues before the rain hits. Yes, this is the more expensive option, but it will save you money in the long run, by providing a robust roof prepared to take on the Gainesville rain.
If you’re on the hunt for a roofing company that provides skillful and quality roofing projects, connect with us today!