Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Danny Lipford standing on roof.

To-Do #3: Inspect Your Roof

Check your roof for signs of minor damage such as missing, broken, cracked, or curling shingles, as well as bare spots where the granular coating has worn off. Be sure to make the necessary minor repairs now to prevent further damage.

When moisture is able to seep up and under loose or damaged shingles far more expensive damage can occur. For extensive roof repairs, consider having a professional perform the work. However, if you are fairly handy and are comfortable climbing a ladder, you should be able to take care of most minor repairs.

Purchase roofing cement in caulking tubes to seal minor cracks and holes and glue down curled shingles. For bigger jobs, roofing cement is available in large containers.

If the damage is extensive, or the shingle is missing, replace it immediately to prevent more serious damage from occurring. Also, if you have a fireplace, be sure to check for gaps around the flashing and caulk to seal.


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9 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for all the homecare tips! Hubby and I are first-time homeowners as of May 2015 so we appreciate all the help we can get!

  2. I like to put one of those many calendars Organization send you On the side and use that as my maintenance calendar.
    It reminds me of what month I did things such as Maintenance/ installed items.
    And I use it as a reminder of when to do them again the following year.

  3. I’m so glad you mentioned eyeballing the roof! So many people skip over this task. Definitely look for any signs of issues before bad weather approaches. If there are missing shingles or serious cracks, it is crucial to get this area sealed and water-proofed. It’s also a good idea to make notes comparing what your roof looks like in fall and then the following spring so you have a good idea of how much wear and tear you have sustained over the season. And if you haven’t had a routine inspection from a roofer in some time, it definitely doesn’t hurt to get a professional set of eyes up there for you.

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