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4 Tips to Prevent Roof & Gutter Damage Before Listing Your Home

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

With the brutal winters and summers we know well in Iowa, roof damage is always a concern and a possibility. If you’re about to list your house for sale and have a roof in good condition, make sure to keep it that way by preventing damage as we enter the stormy summer months. Hail proves to be the most destructive weather occurrence and it happens often during our Midwest storms. Heavy rains and storm debris can also threaten the soundness of your roof, and oftentimes, can cause damage that is not immediately apparent. With these tips, you can better prevent and monitor the condition of your roof and avoid major expenses while taking the steps to sell your home. Not only are you preventing headaches, but you’re also preventing future headaches.

Trim Your Trees

Large trees located near your property can cause damage to your roof and gutters. To prevent roof damage during high winds or thunderstorms, it is important to trim your low hanging or damaged branches from your trees before they fall off and land on your roof. Small twigs and branches from your trees can fall of periodically during the year, so it is also important to get up on your roof and clear these twigs off your roof. Branches that remain on your roof can cause water to pool on your roof and lead to severe leaks.

Clean Your Gutters

During the fall, leaves and foliage can collect in your gutters and affect the way rain water drains away from your home. If you start to notice that your gutters are not draining water like they’re supposed to, climbing up on your roof or hiring someone to clean your gutters is crucial to preventing damage to your roof. 

Insulate Your Attic

Keeping your attic insulated helps to minimize heat loss through the roof. Heat that escapes through your roof can cause snow to melt and cause ice dams to form in your gutters. Ice dams can cause expensive damages to your gutters and then prevent water from draining properly off your roof. It is important to keep your attic insulated to avoid costly damage to your roof and gutters.

Have Your Roof Inspected

Getting your roof inspected annually can help to prevent water damage from any unforeseen damages. It might be hard to detect a missing single or structural damage, so leave it to the experts at Done Right Home Inspection to inspect your roof for damage. Contact Done Right Home Inspection for residential home inspections in Central Iowa. 

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