How to Prep Your Roof for the Fall

Updated: Dec. 19, 2023

Don't wait until the first snowfall to get these tasks done! Keep that roof in tip-top shape by running through this quick list.

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Regularly check for falling debris

Even if the leaves are only just starting to turn, you should still check your roof for any falling debris. Twigs, leaves or the occasional missing Frisbee should be removed from the roof. Keeping up with the roof is an important part of maintaining the health of your house. Avoiding debris buildup means avoiding any of the issues (or even erosion) that can come from the debris on your roof.

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Clean the gutters

The gutters tend to grab quite a bit of that fallen debris—especially when it rains. You can easily clean out the gutter by using a spatula to scoop out the leaves. Spatulas can also help to wipe off any of the grime sticking to those gutters. You can also clean out the downspout by using a plumber’s snake.

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Add a gutter guard

After cleaning out your gutter, you should consider installing a gutter guard to block future debris. This can be especially helpful in the winter where snow can block and weigh down the gutters. If you’re not sure which guard to buy, here are the best gutter guards for your home.

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Check for damages

That roof is covering your entire house, so the last thing you want is for damages to destroy it. You can actually catch roof problems before anything major occurs this winter with these 7 roof problems and what to do about them.

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Properly insulate the attic

It’s going to get cold faster than you think! Make sure your attic is properly insulated and ready for the chilly weather to come. Insulate your finished attic properly by using mineral wool insulation, or even spray foam.

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Check for leaks

Even if your attic has been properly insulated, you should take some time this fall to check for leaks. Not catching those leaks can result in damage during the winter, which means having to fix those leaks during the colder months.

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Make repairs

Again, you do not want to deal with repairing that roof during the winter. Take some time on one of these warmer fall days to fix up what needs fixing. These 12 roof repair tips will help you fix and find problems with your leaking roof.