Even though it is still warm and feels like summer, it is never too early to think about preparing your home for cooler weather. This is especially true of your roof, as the cool weather brings falling leaves and rain it can be a time where a host of problems, like costly water damage can arise.

When it comes to roof maintenance, the key is prevention. You never want to be caught with sagging gutters, an ice dam, or a hole in your roof in the middle of winter. Now is the time to really look at your roof and take action to ensure it is in top condition, so you stay warm and dry all winter long and so no unexpected problems occur.

Here are some of our favorite fall maintenance tips.

Don’t forget about the attic
Your attic is usually, out of sight and out of mind. But you really need to pay attention to the ventilation and insulation in your attic. It directly impacts your roof. Always make it a habit to inspect your attic yearly for problems, such as mold or mildew around the vents and seams, stained insulation and warped wood. A dry attic is crucial, so you do not have leaks in your roof and home, and so ice dams do not develop during winter. Regular maintenance in the fall is a good practice to have, so nothing catastrophic occurs in the winter and so that you can save on your energy bills.

Trim your trees
One of the biggest culprits of roof damage are tree branches being too close to the roof or actually laying on the roof. Unfortunately, this issue is typically exacerbated in the fall. As the seasons name suggests, falling leaves, acorns and twigs can be everywhere including your roof. Not only can they can clog gutters, but the sagging tree branches can tear off asphalt shingles during autumn storms. Call a professional to trim your tree back several feet away from your home, and you will have less potential damage to your roof.

Installing gutter guards
These are simple caps that go over your gutters to prevent leaves and other debris from falling inside. Installing covers protects your gutters and reduces the number of times you will need to clean them and also reduces the time it takes to get the job done. Gutter caps are typically easy to install and help protect your home from costly repairs due to water damage. Keep in mind, that cleaning gutters and installing gutter caps requires you to be high up on a ladder. Use precaution, by using Fall prevention equipment to provide yourself with safety and security.

As a rule of thumb, your roof should be inspected at least twice a year. Having a roof inspection in the fall, along with following these tips, will ensure your home stays in good condition, so you stay warm and dry all year round.