Summer is upon us, and so is North Florida’s extreme heat and storm season. The intense sun, strong winds and heavy rain can all take a toll on your home’s roof. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your roof in the summer. Here are Jacksonville roofing contractor Reliant Roofing’s six tips for summer maintenance.

  1. Check the gutters and drains.

In any season, especially summer, check gutters and drains for any kind of blockage. Blockages from things like twigs, leaves and other debris will prevent water from flowing freely. This causes water to pool up and damage your roof and potentially cause water damage inside your home as well. Make sure your gutters and drains are clear this summer.

  1. Check for signs of damage.

You don’t have to climb up on the roof to check for damage. You should be able to check for any signs of damage from the ground. What you’ll want to look for are broken, cracked or warped shingles, missing shingles and exposed tar paper. A pair of binoculars can help you get a closer look. If something doesn’t look right to you, contact an experienced Jacksonville roofing contractor for an inspection.

  1. Look for signs of mold.

It’s important to spot mold before it has a chance to spread and cause major issues. With Florida’s hot, humid summers, mold can grow especially fast. If you see any signs of mold, be sure to contact a roofing company in Jacksonville as soon as possible.

  1. Keep foliage trimmed back.

Maintaining the trees that surround your home can go a long way in preventing damage to your roof and keep you from having to make expensive repairs. Any branches that hang over your home or have contact with your roof could damage shingles, especially during summer storms. Strong winds can cause branches to fall on your roof, causing holes and serious damage. Keep branches and foliage trimmed back a safe distance from your home.

  1. Block access of animals.

Critters like squirrels are active all day during the summer months, and they can spell trouble for your roof. Be sure that you black any pathways and access to your roof, like branches mentioned above, to prevent them from causing serious damage. If you see any signs of animal damage, contact a Jacksonville roofing contractor right away.

  1. Inspect flashing.

The flashing is the metal strips surrounding the fixtures on your roof such as chimneys, vents and skylights. Its main job is to prevent water from leaking inside your home at these areas. Looks at your roof’s flashing for signs of loosening or deterioration around the fixtures.

By following these six maintenance steps, your roof and home will be ready for summer. For all of your roofing needs this summer, contact Jacksonville’s GAF Master Elite certified Reliant Roofing. For more information visit us at reliantroofing.com.