With spring comes longer Honey-Do lists, but it’s important that your roof is a part of spring cleaning chores. After harsh winter months, your roof will need some TLC to get your home or business ready for summer. Here are a few things to check when inspecting your roof this spring.
Chances are after the cold winter months and spring rain the gutters will be clogged with debris and dead leaves. Clean out all the visible debris first, then follow up by checking the downspout. Try using a hose with a strong current to push out any debris that may be stuck. After cleaning, check for any damage like sagging, holes, or detachment from the roof itself.
Inspecting the Shingles
Shingles are the first line of defense on your roof. So make sure to pay special attention to them. You’ll want to look for missing shingles as they can cause a weak spot in your roof letting in moisture. Curling shingles often result from improper installation or poor ventilation. If you see any shingles that have edges that are starting to curl, get them fixed to avoid further damage. Check for buckling shingles as well because they have the potential to crack and tear the infrastructure of your roof. A buckling shingle is a moisture problem where the underneath framing has shifted. Lastly, look for stained or signs of streaking on shingles. This indicates that there is a leak somewhere or the roof's ventilation system is damaged.
While examining your roof, actively look for any signs of mold or mildew. If it’s caught early enough, it can be easy to fix without any major problems. As mold and mildew progress they seep into the foundation and cause more problems. If you notice that the mold has covered a large area and suspect that it’s already begun to spread past the point of no return, call your roofing professionals for a more thorough inspection.
Trim Close Branches
Some of the biggest threats to your roof are trees. Hanging branches and overgrown vegetation can threaten the integrity of your roof. The best way to avoid damage from your yard’s trees is to trim the branches that come closest to your roof.
Inspect from Inside
This step is often overlooked but is very important in the process of inspecting your roof. Take a look at the roof from the attic space. If there are any sources of light, moisture or moldy smells, it's likely that there is damage to the roof. Once you identify the source, call a roofing company you trust so they can assess the damage.
General Wear and Tear
Keep an eye out for general wear and tear that occurs on roofs naturally over time. Whether it’s big areas of rust on the gutters or parts of your roof that seem like their sagging, general wear and tear is usually easy to spot and should be handled immediately.
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