How to Keep Your Gable Roof in Tip-Top Shape
Storm Guard of Austin
Gable roofs are one of the most popular roof styles in the United States, and you’re sure to see them all around Austin. They offer many advantages, not the least of which is their aesthetic. If you have a gable roof in Texas, here are some things to know to keep it looking - and performing - at its best.
What to Know About Gable Roof Design and Maintenance
When it comes to gable roofs, there are important maintenance considerations you need to account for, especially during seasonal changes and after storms. Namely, you need to be on the lookout for wind and water damage.
In terms of water, perhaps one of the biggest advantages of the gable design is the strong drainage system it offers due to its sharply angled peak. Rain naturally slides off its slope quickly and easily, which is always a plus. You want to do whatever you can to minimize the time water sits on your roof.
To that end, however, it’s essential that you keep your gutters free and clear. Your roof is not invincible, and water will find the weakest link. If water pools anywhere on your roof, it can lead to damage on your roof and in your home.
Keep water damage at bay by cleaning your gutters regularly, especially after a storm passes through and in the late fall after the leaves have dropped. If you see any signs of damage to your roof or gutter system, make repairs or replacements right away.
Beware of Wind
One of the weak points in the gable roof design is its susceptibility to wind damage. The longer eaves typical of the design make it easier for wind to catch underneath the roof. Shingles or roofing tiles can also be ripped off during windstorms.
Taking note of your roof’s design is important for knowing the best ways to maintain and repair it if there is damage. At Storm Guard of SW Austin, we can conduct a roof assessment on your home to help you understand its weak points and offer additional tips for keeping it in its best shape for as long as possible. Good roof maintenance can add years to the life of your roof. For help or to schedule an inspection, get in touch with our team today.