3 Helpful Tips To Make Sure Your Roof Is Prepared For The Upcoming Spring Season
Now that spring has finally arrived, many homeowners are heading outdoors to take stock of the condition of their homes and start planning what home improvement projects they would like to accomplish around the house, if they haven’t started already. While we are still in the fairly mild parts of spring, we are likely going to start seeing an increase in both rain and wind as temperatures outside start to warm up more and more, and before that happens, it pays to make sure that your home’s roof hasn’t been damaged in the preceding winter months. Right now, as things are still fairly mild, is the perfect time to take care of any lingering roofing issues and to ensure your roof gets the kind of care it needs to make it safely through the rest of the year. To help you in that effort, our team of roofing professionals have taken the time to put together this short list of helpful tips to make sure that your roof is prepared for the upcoming spring season. We hope you enjoy.
Clean Your Gutters
While it might not seem like it, your gutters can actually become a pretty serious danger to your home when they aren’t properly cleaned out at regular intervals. Your gutters are designed to help channel any water on your roof safely down to the ground and away from your home’s foundation, and when they are filled with leaves and other debris, they tend to just overflow and spill over onto anything that is directly below them. Take the time this spring to break out the ladder, get up there, and remove any lingering debris that might be causing your gutters to clog. If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, you can always call in a professional to take care of it for you. While cleaning out your gutters, be on the lookout for any signs of cracks, leaks, or sections that might have detached themselves from your roof somehow.
Get Your Roof Cleaned
If your roof is still covered in debris from the preceding fall and winter, now is the time to get up there and make sure anything still lingering from the previous months is completely cleared away. Not only can standing debris lead to the formation of mold, mildew, and algae as it sits up there and deteriorates on your roof, it also prevents you or a professional from thoroughly inspecting your roof for any additional signs of damage. If you so choose, you can have a professional come out and clean your roof for you while they are inspecting your roof to make sure it hasn’t suffered any kind of damage that could cause you problems in the coming months. Some of these common issues include things like loose or damage shingles, rusting, fungus, algae, or any areas that might be sagging somewhat. Take the time now to ensure none of these issues are present, otherwise you could wind up paying for it dearly in the coming months.
Check Your Attic
While it is important to inspect the surface of your roof for damage, some types of damage are all but invisible to the naked eye, and in order to determine if these kinds of issues are present, it is important to get up in your attic and take a look around. If you notice any signs of leaking, like wet insulation, yellowing paint, streaking, or daylight coming through where it shouldn’t be, it’s time to call in the professionals to give you the repairs you need to get your roof back in working order.