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Handyman Tips: Fall Roof Prepping - CMW Maintenance Corp

Handyman Tips: Fall Roof Prepping


Although it doesn’t feel like it due to Eugene, Oregon’s unusually hot summer, fall is basically upon us. School is about to start back up and Eugene’s long rainy season is right around the corner. With the onset of fall it’s time to start prepping our homes for the coming cold, rain and possibly snow. So here are the top 4 roofing preparations every homeowner should make before the weather makes its inevitable return.

1. Clean Your Gutters:

When leaves and other debris clutter up your gutters, they cause a host of costly problems. First off, your downspouts quickly become clogged, causing water to overflow out of your gutter system. The overflow then causes damage to your roof, trim and siding. Not to mention the added weight of wet leaves and water can also rip your gutters off their anchor points and collapse! We here at CMW Maintenance highly recommend regular cleanings of your gutters before and during the fall season. You might also want to think about installing gutter guards that will keep the majority of the leaves and debris out of your gutters. There are many different products and protection systems to choose from, for more information contact CMW Maintenance and we’ll set you up with a fool proof roof plan!


2. Clear Roof Debris:

No one likes to do it, but sweeping the leaves and other debris off your roof is as important, if not more so, as cleaning your gutters. All those leaves and debris hold in moisture and cause rot and mold which can break down the shingles and tar. While you’re up there sweeping off the debris, pay close attention to the valleys and soft spots on the roof. These areas are the most vulnerable to water and puncture damage. You might also look into treating your roof for moss while you’re at it, though we highly recommend a professional handyman service like CMW Maintenance for things like moss removal. 


3. Look for Punctures, Missing Shingles and Deterioration:

Now that you have a clean roof and gutters, it’s time to give your roof a once over. Look for loose or missing shingles, punctures in the soft tar spots, and damage along the valleys like punctures or mold growth. Make sure to inspect the flashing around vent stacks, chimneys and skylights. These areas are usually where an experienced handyman will look first for leaks. If you have any problems, call up a local handyman like Charles of CMW Maintenance or our trusted chimney repair professionals, Oregon Chimney Guys. Replacing a few missing or damaged shingles will cost you a lot less than fixing a large section of your roof. 


4. Check the Attic Insulation and Ventilation:

Not enough homeowners inspect their attic. Without proper airflow and insulation, you’re at risk of increased energy bills and roof leaks. Most people don’t realize until a snow storm hits and it’s too late. Call a professional handyman to come and give your attic’s insulation and ventilation an inspection. A good handyman, like CMW Maintenance, will be able to inspect, repair and modify any weak or failing sections of your attic. Doing this preventative measure now will ensure that your home is ventilating efficiently and save you money on energy and repair bills!


CMW Maintenance proudly serves all of Eugene, Springfield and Lane County’s handyman services needs. When looking for a handyman to get your home back on track, don’t mess with the rest, choose the best! CMW Maintenance of Eugene Oregon!