Summer Roof Maintenance on the Kitsap Peninsula
Updated: May 15, 2020
Our Top Three Tips
Summer is just around the corner, and now is a great time to check on your roof. We know you have plenty to do this summer, and as your go-to roofing contractor for Gig Harbor and the rest of the Kitsap Peninsula, we have put together our top three summer maintenance tips to get you started.
#1: Moss Removal
Living in the PNW we have moss – lots and lots of it. Moss on your roof can seem like a fairly benign issue, but as it grows and gets thicker it works its way under your shingles leading to damage and potential leaks. And if you have a wooden roof, moss growth is more rapid than with a composite or asphalt shingles.
When removing moss from your roof, it’s important to not damage any shingles. We recommend you gently remove the moss using baking soda, powdered laundry detergent or Moss Out for Roofs, and then use a leaf blower to push away any debris.
Finish by applying a Zinc treatment to your roof to kill any moss that may remain, and to help keep future growth at bay. Zinc is safe, and it won’t harm your pets, children, or your lawn.
#2: Check for Signs of Damage
While you are on your roof, be sure to check for signs of damage. Any loose, worn, or missing shingles need to be take care of, and be sure to check your flashing. Your flashing is usually aluminum or galvanized steel and seals the joints in your roof. Flashing keeps water from leaking into your home, so make sure it’s doing its job.
#3: Check and Clean Your Gutters
Now it’s time to check and clean your gutters, which should be done twice a year. We know, this isn’t an easy chore, but it can prevent bigger issues down the road. Gutters help divert water away from your home, and if clogged, they can contribute to wood rot and a damaged foundation.
If you have a single-story home, you may be able to use a hose attachment made to clean out your gutters. Check out your local home improvement store to see if this is a good option for you.
If your home has multiple stories, grab your ladder, a bucket or a tarp to collect the debris your gutters have saved over the last six months. If there is minimal debris, you can collect it in a bucket, but if you have put this task off for a while, grab a tarp and toss the debris onto it as you move along your roof line. This helps protect your lawn and makes clean up much easier.
Your home is a substantial investment, and roof maintenance is crucial to help keep the weather outside. If you notice any signs of damage contact us today! We provide complimentary roof inspections and consultations and look forward to helping you maintain your roof.