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Top Tips for Roof Maintenance in the Fall

Published on October 17th, 2016

Regular maintenance on your roof can help prevent you having to replace your roof, an unwanted, expensive fix on your home. Roofs are necessary in protecting your home, keeping you safe from the drastic changes in Chicago weather and watch over your family and belongings. A shingle roof that is up kept can last about 30 years while a slate or tile roof can last a lifetime. However, with whatever type of roof you have maintenance is key to a long life that will keep you, your family and your home happy. Showalter Roofing is here to help with your roofing needs, contact us at (630) 518 – 4772 for a free estimate or with any questions or concerns.

Check on Your Roof

Checking up on your roof is a great starting point, whether it is after a long, icy Chicago winter or post a summer thunderstorm, it is important to inspect the roof for any damage from the extreme weather conditions. Along with inspecting your roof check and clean your gutters, especially when the leaves start to fall, to ensure there are no breaks or gaps and that they are attached to your house securely.

Looking more closely at your roof for damage done by animals or insects can range from squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and birds to termites or carpenter ants. With larger animals, they will make a home in your roof in damaged areas that can lead to expensive repairs. Insects show smaller signs, such as shredded wood or sawdust.

If there is cause for concern, avoid walking on the roof. Roofs are easily damaged when you walk on it, even if you are careful, from asphalt shingles to clay tiles can crack or come loose from you walking on them. Scheduling a professional inspection every year is important not only for your roof, but to create a good relationship with your roofer for when there is an emergency you know you can count on them. Showalter Roofing’s expert roofers are here to answer your questions and help you, from small damages to large problems they will be with you every step on the way.

If you feel there is cause for concern, allow Showalter Roofing to walk on your roof and with our staff’s expertise and knowledge we can ensure they will find the best solution for you and your home. Your roof is the key to protecting your family, your home and everything it holds. It is important to upkeep your roof so that you do not have an unexpected expense and you keep your roof in tip top shape as the fall season comes and the weather gets chillier.

Courtesy of: Enlightenme

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