In this episode, Jerry talks winterizing your roof; how to get started, what to look for, and how Roof Life of Oregon can help!
Podcast Transcription: RoofLifeB035-224
Shayla: You are listening to the Roof Life of Oregon podcast and I’m talking with Jerry today. Jerry, what should homeowners in Portland be thinking about toward the end of summer to try to prepare their roofs for the fall and the winter?
Jerry: One of the things you probably want to ask yourself, is you roof ready for the winter? Are you ready for the rain to come down? Are you ready for the tree debris to come down? Are your gutters cleaned out? Are the downspouts clear? What is your next step for your home? This right here is a really busy time of year for all roofers, because a lot of people just automatically assume we only roof during the summer itself. But in fact, we roof all year around. Because we roof all year around, we can accommodate anything that pretty much comes at us.
So one of the important things I think people should really start looking at, is if your roof is not ready for the winter, like if you’re thinking to yourself and you have this thought of rain coming down and you have a little bit of anxiety of rain coming into your home, that’s probably a good time to give us a call to at least get things moving in the right direction. Because if you wait too long, it could be too late. You’re going to have water coming into your home.
Shayla: It’s probably a lot cheaper to fix the problem before the rain comes, isn’t it? There’s probably a lot more risk, if you wait.
Jerry: For sure. The roofing side of it, not so much, because we can roof all year round. And we do not charge because it’s heavy rain. We don’t charge because it’s beautiful weather. We charge the same amount every single day. But it comes more expensive to you because if you wait too long and then all of a sudden you get a leak in your roof, you have to fix your ceiling tile, you have to fix water coming into your home, you have wet rot, you have dry rot. Those are the things that make it more expensive, not us. We’re the same price every single day. We just beat the drum and we never change what we do. We just want to make sure it’s consistent and that way you guys have a consistent experience with us.
Shayla: For those listening that maybe have a younger roof, that are necessarily looking for big repairs or replacements, what are some of the maintenance things that we can do at the end of summer to just make sure our roofs are in the best shape possible?
Jerry: One of the best things you can do is just step back from your home, take a look up there, and just see what’s up there. If you have a lot of tree debris, this is a great time to get that tree debris off there. Get it ready for the winter, get it ready for the rain, clear out the valleys, that’s the spaces where the two roofs come together. Clear out the gutters and make sure the downspouts are flowing freely, because the last thing you want is the water to go down and all of sudden stop, change direction, and go down again. Because once water has a spot to change or stop, it’s going to find fastener or it’s going to find a whole in your system and it’s going to come into your. So just step back at your roof, take a look at it, and see if it’s dirty.
Shayla: And when should we have a well care check-up from you all? How many years in between, how often and is end of summer a good time to do that?
Jerry: Any time of year is really a good time to do it. It’s not a fall, it’s not a winter, it’s not a summer – any time of year is good to do a well care check-up. When you do it is actually based on what your environment is along around your house. If you have a lot of trees, if you have a big, heavy tree canopy, you probably should get your roof looked at about every two years. If you’re wide open and you can’t see your neighbors for 5 miles away, you can probably go the full three to five years. But there’s not really a set time. It’s just really based on your environment. You know your house better than us. You know what falls on your roof better than us. But we will come to your house as often as you want, and as many times as you want just to help you out and give you peace of mind.
Shayla: Alright so if the thought of rain this fall and winter makes you cringe a little bit, it’s probably a good sign that you need to call the time at Roof Life of Oregon, maybe schedule a well care check-up for your roof. If you have any questions, reach out to the team today. Thanks, Jerry.
Jerry: You bet.