In this episode, Jerry reminds homeowners to look up and remember they’ve got a roof up there that needs attention. Is there debris? Moss? Figure out where the water might get stuck. Can’t get up there yourself? Find out how to quickly asses your roof yourself.
Podcast Transcription: RoofLifeB027-196
Shayla: Thank you for joining us for the Roof Life of Oregon podcast. I’m talking again with Jerry. Jerry, going into the fall and winter seasons, what are some things that homeowners can do themselves to make sure they’re ready for the stormy weather that’s coming?
Jerry: There’s a few things that you can do. First, look up. A lot of people forget they have a roof on their house. They really do, until it starts leaking. One of the things that we really advise people do, and you do it already as a homeowner, you walk around your house, and you look at different components, you’re looking at different things that make your whole house come together and whole house work. What we ask you to do is simple look up and take look and see if there’s debris sticking out of your gutters. Check to see if there’s a lot of debris on your roof itself. If there is, give us a call. We do not advise you to go up on your roof and take care of it yourself. We have story after story of clients trying to do that and falling off the roof and getting hurt very bad. But we do, we ask you just to look up. Look up in the sky, look at your roof, and like a buddy of mine says, just take a beverage of your choice at halftime of a game, walk around the house, and just check it out and see what’s going on. Be aware of your roof. Don’t forget that it’s up there. And if you have that feeling, when you’re watching the news, and you see there’s a big storm coming in and you kind of cringe a little bit, that’s when you really need to give us a call, because you already know in your mind that something’s not right, and you just need somebody to help verify that or debunk it, even. So give us a call, we’re going to come out there, take a look at all the components that make your roof work, that way you know if you’re ready or not for the winter.
Shayla: Why would debris matter? I mean, would a few leaves here and there, some sticks, why does that make a difference in the health of our roof?
Jerry: A few leaves and twigs here and there is not a big deal. It’s when it starts building up to a point where it actually creates a dam for the water to stop and to have to redirect itself. Water is designed to go down on roofs. All the fancy designs and grooves that you have on shingles, they’re there for a purpose, not just for aesthetic reasons, but they are there as a purpose and functionality to divert the water down the roof into the gutter and into water stream, that way you don’t get water coming into your house. So when you have things on your roof that avoids it and keeps it from going straight now and makes it go sideways, that’s where you start running into problems. And there’s a couple different ways that we will attack that. It’s just you need to have us come out there and take a look at it, because we can’t tell you if it needs blown off or washed off over the phone. We have to physically be able to see it, because some debris needs a little bit more TLC than others. So do we want to just be able to blow the debris off? Yes, that’s the ideal way. Sometimes you do have to get in there a little bit deeper to get it off, because it’s been on there too long. But have us come out and we will be able to tell you the best way of doing that.
Shayla: Alright, so like Jerry said, go ahead and grab a beverage, go outside, take a walk around, get some exercise and see what’s going on on your roof before the big storms hit the Portland area this year. If you have any questions about what Jerry talked about, reach out to the team at Roof Life of Oregon.