Winter is Nearly Over
As the days gradually grow longer and winter gives way to spring, it is time to assess how well your roof has protected your home's exterior. So when the last of the snow has come and gone, it is time to inspect your roof and take care of any necessary roof repairs and maintenance to get ready for the spring weather that can be every bit as wet as winter and sometimes more. Below is a checklist of things to do to your roof before Spring.
How to Get Your Roofing System Ready for Spring
the weather turns warmer, it’s time to get your roof and gutters ready for April showers. Snow and ice can take it toll on even the sturdiest of roofing systems, So a roof inspection and some repairs and preventive maintenance may be needed.
We recommend when climbing onto your roof to have at a person present encase something goes wrong. Be careful when climbing onto your roof to remove debris such as broken tree limbs and leaves. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing around on your roof, or if your insurance policy forbids it, call a roofing contractor.
Remove All Debris
The first step in preparing your roof for the heavy rainfall of Spring is to thoroughly remove all debris from your roof and rain gutters. Tree branches, fallen leaves and any other foreign objects that may clog gutters that would cause water to back up and overflow staining and damaging fascia, soffit and siding as well as anything that would impede airflow of your roof vents causing excessive moisture buildup in the attic or crawl space. Undetected this leads to damage to your homes structure and roof deck deteriorates your insulation and can eventually cause dangerous mold growth putting your family's health at risk.
If you have trees make sure to check for low hanging tree branches, these should be trimmed back as this wears down your roofing system when it touches the surface and wind blows it back and forth.
Check Your Roof For Damage
Any missing or damaged shingles or cracked and damaged roofing tiles should be replaced. If you should notice any shingles that are buckling or curling as well as shingles that have lost too much of the outer protective granules your going to want a professional to assess how much longer your roofing system is going to last as well as check to see if your roof is getting the proper amount of ventilation. Replace any damaged or missing flashing. Replace or repair all roof vents showing signs of damage so that your attic can properly release excessive moisture and heat. Last but not least replace rotten and loose caulking with a fresh application of a weather-proof, silicone caulk.
Inspect Your Attic
From inside your attic or crawlspace, check for signs of water damage and mold to your rafters and roof decking if you see sunlight getting through make note of where it is and have it repaired immediately. If you discover any damp beams, dripping water, or patches of standing water you have a leak that needs to be repaired if you spot any signs of mold it is likely you have ventilation issues and will need to get this problem fixed and all mold professionally removed.
Replace And Repair
Make sure that your rain gutter system is working properly and is firmly attached to your home. Ice is heavy as well it can build up and force your gutters away from your home so make sure that eavestroughs and downspouts are all fastened tightly to you homes. Replace all missing or damaged shingles or roof tiles, flashing, vents and caulking. Replace all loose rain gutter fasteners. Repair and seal any holes.