Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Protecting Your Roof

As a homeowner, you probably know that prevention is easier and less expensive than repairing something after the damage has been done. Your roof is no different. 

The skilled professionals at A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing are experts at roof installation, inspections, repairs, and maintenance. There are practical things you can do to maintain your roof to help avoid costly repairs and ensure your roof’s longevity.

In San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, the seasons bring different types of weather. The Central Coast might not see weather extremes like other parts of the country, but we definitely see a wet season and a dry season, a hot season and a mild season. 

It’s important to take a proactive approach to seasonal roof maintenance to safeguard your home. After all, your roof protects the rest of your home.


Springtime is the time to assess any damage from winter storms that blew through. The rainy season on the Central Coast usually ends by April, giving you a chance to have a professional examine your roof and inspect your shingles for cracks, creases, and curling. You could even be missing some shingles after strong winter winds. 

Spring is also when you should clean your gutters and downspouts, removing debris, leaves, and other plant matter. Make sure your downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Trim trees and branches that hang over the roof. This will help prevent damage during next winter’s storms.

If moss or algae has started to grow on your roof, take measures to remove it properly. Algae can break down your roof tiles. 


Before the intense heat of the late summer and early fall, check to make sure you maintain good ventilation in your attic with adequate vents. Air circulation keeps your roof from getting too hot under the intense heat from the sun, especially in the warmer inland areas of the Central Coast.

“Proper ventilation helps a roof last,” said Mark Miller, co-founder and partner at A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing. “We always push for proper attic space ventilation. It’s good to have for a lot of reasons, but poor ventilation contributes to the breakdown of your roof.”

The dry summer months are also a good time to inspect and maintain your roof’s sealant.

“A lot of times the sealant that keeps roofing watertight wears out. We will check to make sure that’s in good standing for you,” Miller said. “Those are things you want to take care of every few years.”


Before the Central Coast rains begin, usually in October or November, prepare your roof for the wet winter months.

Clean your downspouts and gutters, remove any fallen leaves from autumn. 

Replace any missing, loose, or damaged shingles or tiles.


This is the season during which you hope that work you put in throughout the rest of the year pays off. By taking this proactive approach you can minimize repairs and protect your entire home from the elements. 

The key is to act promptly when you see damage or a problem. Contact a roofing professional, like the experts at A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing, for repairs, inspections, and maintenance, on a regular basis.

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