Summertime, and the living is easy and this is also the best time to deal with any roofing issues you may have. Unfortunately, it also means that the job will cost you more as supplies dwindle and prices go up towards the end of summer. Having your roof checked out by a professional Knoxville contractor at least once a year is advisable. This can however also be costly, so there are a few things you can look out for yourself in order to ascertain whether or not you need professional assistance.
At the end of winter, have a roof clean up. Get up there and remove all those unsightly leaves, moss and any branches which may have become lodged. Just a quick reminder that any roofing maintenance is best performed on a nice hot and sunny day when the roof is dry. Checking for loose tiles is another job. The easy way is to first check from the inside for any signs of leaks. Then go back out there and carefully check the area for that loose tile. You can also check if the tiles are worn or have excessive mould or moss growing on them.
Now for those gutters! They have a tendency to collect all sorts of things. Make sure you are wearing a good solid pair of rubber gloves before starting this job. Also make sure that your ladder is stable. You don’t want to go leaning your body weight on to fragile guttering. On clearing out all the muck, you can finish off the job by using the hose to clear out any remaining soil. This is also a good time to do any repairs.
Then of course there are also other areas to think about such as skylights or air vents. Make sure that all debris is removed from around these and then do any resealing that may be necessary. The chimney is also a potential pitfall for leaks and storm damage. Check out the brick and mortar for any loose bricks or chips and reseal. Using a water repellant sealant on your chimney is a good idea to cut down on maintenance.
If you are afraid of heights and are scared of falling off the roof, there are various means of preventing this. You can hire a safety harness or if the thought of being all the way up there still frightens you senseless, call in the professionals. There are many excellent Knoxville roofing contractors. Make sure you choose a well established Knoxville contractor with excellent references and a good standing history in Knoxville.
Inspecting and maintaining a roof can seem like a tedious affair, but remember, if done regularly and thoroughly, it can save you a lot of money in the long run. It also means your roof will always look good from the top as well as the bottom!