Preventative Home Maintenance Before Winter: Roof Cleaning & Tree Trimming
Fall is the time to perform preventative maintenance on your home and yard. Think of it as putting things to bed before the winter. In a previous blog we spoke about the importance of cleaning your gutters, and cleaning and inspecting your roof is also a necessary task. The two can go hand in hand in some cases. If your roof is composed of asphalt shingles look to see if your gutters contain grains or pieces of the shingles. This is a sign that your shingles may need replacement. Flashings need to be checked, as water can easily leak in and around the flashing if they are damaged. Look for bent damaged or missing flashing. A roof with wood shingles should be inspected for dry rot. Inspecting a roof can be dangerous and should always be done by a professional, combining a roof inspecting and cleaning 2x a year on a regular service schedule is a good way to protect your investment in your house.
Trees add beauty to landscaping but as beautiful and majestic a tree may be, if its not trimmed regularly, it can also be unsightly, taking away from your curb appeal instead of adding to it. Trees should be trimmed or pruned regularly to promote growth as well. Consider safety issues to avoid damage to your home or person. Large tree limbs that have grown too close to your home can be dangerous in a storm and should be pruned back a safe distance. It’s recommended by the Dept of Agriculture to trim trees once a year in the dormant season. For professional roof cleaning, contact Caretaker Services.