Autumn is the best season for home maintenance. It’s cool and (usually) dry enough to work outside, and it helps get you ready for the most brutal season of all. The roofs in Georgia may not have to handle the pressure of pounds and pounds of snow, but they’re by no means immune to the inevitable precipitation and ice that wintertime will bring. If you want to avoid leaks, here are a few ways to keep your roof in tip-top shape.
Roof maintenance starts with your drainage system. The gutters and downspouts of the home need to be cleared of fall leaves regularly if they’re going to keep up with an influx of winter storms. You can use caulk as an inexpensive and effective solution for minor holes, but major wear and tear (e.g., sagging, splitting seams, etc.) likely means that you’ll need to replace either specific components or the whole thing.
Check the Shingles
Fix the Soffit
If staying indoors, check for unexplained stains, peeling wallpaper, or damaged paint. You can also examine the soffit of the home. (Not all homes have this material, but most do.) It’s usually made from aluminum or steel and can be found under the rafters or eaves. Soffit may need to be replaced if it compromises the ventilation of the home. Worn soffit can lead to water damage, rot, or even fire. A damaged roof can allow embers to enter the soffit, which can then become trapped and further ignite.