MRA experts offer Labor Day tips to help prepare roofs for the fall season

Labor Day is the perfect time to get your roof ready for fall and winter. Image courtesy of MRA member Classic Metal Roofing

“Taking steps to protect your home before severe cold weather can help avoid problems and costly repairs.”-Renee Ramey, General Manager of MRA

Labor Day is a great time to consider ways to prepare homes for the upcoming season, and experts say it’s especially important to pay attention to roof maintenance at this time of year.

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), homeowners can ensure their roofs will perform at their best by following a few simple tips. Although metal roofs require much less maintenance than other types, all roofs can benefit from attention to these five steps:

1) Keep the gutters clean

For all types of roofs, regular gutter maintenance is essential to help drain water properly. Year-round contact with wet leaves and dirt build-up in gutters can damage roofs, and when the weather is freezing it can cause other problems such as heavy snow and build-up. of ice. Labor Day is the perfect time to make sure gutters are free of debris and organic material in anticipation of wetter and colder seasons.

2) Prune trees and shrubs

For fire safety as well as to prevent damage to roofing materials in windy winter weather, keep trees trimmed and away from the roof. It will also help keep the gutters clean.

3) Brush away debris

Dirty roofs not only harm a home’s curb appeal, but they can cause other problems such as promoting the growth of moss and fungus that can damage more vulnerable roofs like asphalt. Fortunately, low-maintenance materials like metal are very easy to clean, usually requiring only a spray of water and mild soap to remove dirt on the roof. Other materials such as asphalt, shake and clay may require more expensive professional cleaning and the use of harsh, environmentally harmful chemicals to remove stubborn dirt and prevent problems such as moss to settle down.

4) Pay attention to what’s underneath

Adding or replacing attic insulation and ensuring proper ventilation will keep your home comfortable and protected in all seasons. Have a professional roofer perform an energy audit on your attic and make sure it has adequate ventilation. This step can also help prevent serious winter damage, such as problems and leaks caused by ice dams and melting snow on the roof. If you need to replace your roof, consider more energy-efficient, durable, and reliable materials, like quality metal roofs, which can save you money and hassle in the long run.

5) Put your guard up

Even in climates where snow accumulation is rare, it’s always a good idea to consider whether you need snow guards on your roof to help hold frozen precipitation in place and cause it to melt or slide off. small pieces rather than dangerous pieces. A qualified contractor or roof installer can help ensure proper design and installation of snow guard systems.

“Labor Day is the perfect time to perform preventative roof maintenance,” said Renee Ramsey, executive director of MRA. “Taking steps to protect your home before the big cold weather is not only a much safer time to do so, but it can also help avoid costly problems and repairs.”

About Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA)

Representing the residential metal roofing industry in the United States and Canada, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) was formed to help educate consumers about the many benefits of metal roofing. For more information on MRA membership, resources and tools for residential metal roofing, visit the MRA at http://www.metalroofing.com.

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