PRO Roof & Gutter Maintenance Checklist

PRO Roof & Gutter Maintenance checklist-min
PRO Roof & Gutter Maintenance Checklist

Keep your home is top condition with this PRO roof and gutter maintenance checklist.

Owning your own home is both exciting and stressful at the same time. It’s common for most homeowners to ignore the roof and gutter. 

However, your home’s gutters and roof are essential parts that need proper maintenance. Doing annual or seasonal preventive maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs. Having a roof and gutter maintenance checklist can make it easier for you to point out problems before it’s too late. 

Remember, you should be safe when checking for any damages on your roof. Use a pair of binoculars and a ladder to check for any damaged areas. To even be safer, you can hire local roofing contractors for your roof and gutter maintenance. Here’s a roof and gutter maintenance checklist we’ve put together to make things easier for you.

1) Start with an Initial Roof Inspection

Despite the fact that a lot of roofing companies encourage homeowners to inspect their roofs a few times a year if you’re a new homeowner, you should try to do it frequently. 

Most banks or insurance companies usually require a professional inspection before approving a mortgage or insurance coverage. If this hasn’t happened, you should try and take care of this immediately to establish a baseline.

2) Look for Areas of Concern

The following are some of the areas of concern you should be looking for: 

  • Bare spots on asphalt shingles
  • Curled or buckled shingles
  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Rust spots on flashing
  • Large areas of moss or lichen
  • Cracked caulking
  • Peeling paint on roof overhangs.

If you notice any significant areas of concern, it might be indicative that you’ll encounter serious problems. Get a thorough examination done by a roofing company in The Woodlands or in your area.

cleaning leaves off gutters

3) Clean Out Your Gutters Regularly

Gutter maintenance is an important part of keeping your roof dry. Rain and snowmelt drain from your roof into the gutters and then go safely to the ground. If your gutters are clogged, water might pool on the roof from insufficient drainage, hence the roof and fascia may begin to rot. 

If leaves and debris build up more often, add some gutter guards. You should ensure you clean your gutters twice a year.

While cleaning and repairing your gutters, you should first ensure they’re visible, making it easy to even notice the leaks. Getting rid of the debris from the area helps with that. Remove debris like needles, leaves, and sticks from the gutters using gloves. Ensure there aren’t any remnants of last fall on the gutters.

wind damaged roof with missing shingles in the front in The Woodlands, Texas

4) Repair Shingles that are Either Broken or Missing

Asphalt shingles usually wear thin or become loose and fall off after you’ve had them for a while. Moisture can build up, leading to rotting and leaks if there are gaps on your roofing. Ensure you repair or replace any damaged or missing shingles as soon as possible. 

If your house has a metal roof, repair and replaces panels damaged or corroded. The same applies to tiles. Also, don’t try to DIY roof repairs, as this can be very dangerous, it’s highly recommended to just hire a professional roof repair company in The Woodlands or in your area to handle repairing your roof.

tree branch on roof as a result of a wind storm

5) Trim any Trees Near your Roof

Trimming your trees helps lower the risk of damages. Most of us love some beautiful, broad, and mature trees because they act as an excellent backdrop to the property. However, when it comes to your roof, they can be a bit of a risk. 

Any overhanging limbs from the trees might fall onto your roof and even break it. Excess leaves falling off can create moisture build-up and even trap moisture underneath. To protect your roof, trim all overhanging branches to prevent any damages on your shingles, build-up of algae, and holes in the roof.

6) Check in Your Attic for Signs of Roof Damage

As much as we want to fully focus on the outside, it’s important to also check the inside of your roof. Ensure you do regular check-ups on your attic to check for any signs of structural damage, water stains, leaks, mold, or wet insulation in spots that light shines through. 

That’s not all, also look at ceilings on lower levels. Be on the lookout for sagging, cracks, or any water stains around the beams. Those may be signs of structural stress.

7) Repair Roof Leaks

After you’ve cleaned out your gutters and checked for signs of damage, it’s time to repair leaks if there are any. Repair areas where there are visible holes. You may also consider running water through the gutters to help find small leaks.

Gutter maintenance can be done by either you or a trained gutter professional. You can fix it yourself by using a patch metal flashing attached with roofing cement. You can also apply silicone or gutter caulking around the gutter. However, you need to ensure it’s clean and dry first.

8) Get Rid of Bird Nests

Most nesting birds are usually fledged during summer, so it is easy to check for signs of life on the nest; then get rid of it if it’s empty. You can also check for wasp nests. Call a pest control company to remove them if they’re inhabited.

9) Insulate Your Attic

As part of your roof maintenance, insulating your attic will make your home more comfortable. It also saves you on bills. Proper insulation in your attic can help extend the life of your roof. 

Insulating your attic helps with: 

  • Reflecting heat away from the roof
  • Reducing heat transfer
  • Protecting the roof rafters from contraction and severe expansion

Remember to consult with a professional to determine the correct amount of insulation required.

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10) Reseal and Caulk Around Pipes and Vents

Your roof is usually vulnerable around areas where there are openings, like skylights, chimneys, pipes, or vents. It’s important to seal around those components with roofing tar or caulking to reduce moisture infiltration and close any gaps.

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Conclusion

Use a proactive approach to get the most out of your roof. Ensure your roof and gutter maintenance checklist stays updated through regular inspections. If you catch any problems early enough, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding expensive or significant repairs, which saves you money. Getting help from professionals also helps you get the most life out of your roof.

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Susan Sellers
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mr Happy House after reading the great reviews, and I was not disappointed! Mike and his crews are extremely professional and conscientious. They performed various outdoor repairs including power washing, repaired my Hardie Siding, repaired squirrel damage on the roof, and painted my entire house. Mike oversaw every aspect of the job and made sure everything was perfect. The price was very reasonable, and I will definitely be calling Mr Happy House for future jobs!"
Liz Blasingame
Liz Blasingame
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike has been great at getting our siding and trim repaired on the exterior of our house. He was very thorough and the completed work is fantastic."
Dior Xu
Dior Xu
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"2nd time work with Mike and his wonderful crew. They worked so hard to paint our whole house perfectly. We are so impressed with how fast and how flawless they got the job done. We really appreciate all of them! Yay for Mike and Mr. Happy House!"
Ashley Donaldson
Ashley Donaldson
Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike was great to work with. He explained all that needed to be done to install a quality roof that would last. Had other quotes but other contractors were not as informative and did not include everything that was needed. Mike’s crew was courteous, did an excellent job and completed the work in a timely fashion. If you are not familiar with working with insurance adjusters be sure Mike meets with them when you set up a meeting. This was helpful in my case and made the claims process run smoothly. I am very pleased 😀 with his service and recommend him to my neighbors of which two have used him across from my home."
Bradley Faldyn
Bradley Faldyn
Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike and his crew are top notch. Honest and detail oriented. Customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship are outstanding!!! Very satisfied with our new roof!!!"
Mark Rodrigues
Mark Rodrigues
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"My house needed new siding, soffits, and fascia. After seeing another job Mike had done, I requested an estimate. The pricing was fair to me, so he went to work. Everything was completed with Hardie products. The house was painted to my desires and I can honestly say I am more than happy. He paid great attention to the details and ensured the work was of the highest quality. The next time I need work done, I will be contacting Mr. Happy House."
Bradley Utz
Bradley Utz
Tomball, TX
Read More
"Very impressive! I needed to have my house roof replaced. I am very glad, very grateful, and very satisfied that I chose Mr. Happy House for this job in July 2018. The crew was thorough in planning, removing old shingles, hammering new ones, examining the roof for trouble spots and attending to them on-the-spot, and cleaning up as the work completed. Mike Monyak and his entire team are professional, attentive, fair, competent and courteous; they did exceptionally well what they contracted to do. I trusted my roof upgrade with Mr. Happy House and will confidently use this company as the need arises in the future."
Ken Baird
Ken Baird
Conroe, TX
Read More
"I had Mr. Happy House replace my wood siding with Hardy Plank Siding. Mike and his team did an excellent job replacing the siding and with the great paint job. They offered great suggestions and really paid attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr. Happy House! Nice job and thank you Mike and taam! Ken B"
Brittney Duffy
Brittney Duffy
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike with Mr. Happy House has been our go-to contractor in The Woodlands for 10-15 years. Hiring a contractor can be anxiety-provoking, but Mike is a true professional. It is always a relief knowing the work will be done right the first time. Mike also takes the time to listen and is very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and offering alternative options available. Over the years, we’ve been so happy with Mike’s services that we’ve hired Mr. Happy House for fencing, roof replacement, fascia and soffit replacement, rotted exterior window frame replacement, exterior house painting, pressure washing, and other home maintenance. If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable contractor, don’t hesitate to give Mike with Mr. Happy House a call!"
Misty Hanna
Misty Hanna
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike was awesome. He came out quickly, listened to what we wanted done and came back with a very comprehensive quote for us. He gave us the time we needed without being pushy to decided if this was the right move for us. He was upfront and honest about what needed to be done and the cost. He and his crew worked quickly, efficiently and did a great job. I highly recommend if you need work done to give him a call."
Jeremy C.
Jeremy C.
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Very great work, Mike has been very helpful in fixing the damages on the outside of my house and they have done a great job in painting my garage's exterior. Mike was able to answer all of my questions regarding the problems that needed to get fixed. Mr. Happy House has repaired the damages on my house and also made my house look very nice too. I will definitely recommend him my neighbors."
Mike Sorenson
Mike Sorenson
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mike to help fix a leak in my ceiling. He diagnosed the problem and also quoted replacing the remaining aging wood we had on our house, as well as replace the chimney top. His quote was fair so we decided to knock it all out. His team is professional and finished the job quickly. He also fixed my fence gate and power washed my driveway, patio and sidewalk along with the house. I plan to use him in the future for other projects."
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