With the chilly winter months behind us and the warmer, wetter weather approaching, now is the time for spring cleaning. When creating your to-do list, remember that your exterior is just as important as your interior, especially when it comes to your roof. After weeks of sustaining such climatic elements as harsh winds, strong storms and drastic fluctuations in temperatures associated with winter, your roof may need some attention. Let’s take a look at a few steps to follow to ensure your roof is ready for another season.
Start from the ground up. Begin your roof inspection with a brief walk around the building. Be sure to keep an eye out for any water damage in the fascia areas, loose rain gutters or downspouts, missing or cracked roof tiles or shingles, and any other roof damage.
Take a closer look. Using a ladder and proper safety equipment, check rain gutters and downspouts for debris such as leaves, branches and nests. Do not try to remove excessive debris with a water hose as it may cause downspouts to clog and the affect the roof drainage system. While you’re up there, also look for any unusually sunken areas or ponding of water.
Trim those limbs. Check the roof line for overhanging trees and bushes. Trim back branches to reduce debris buildup in gutters and potential mold and algae growth on roof tiles. If you notice mold or algae growth on your roof, you may want to consider having your roof cleaned by a professional. Not only will this help with aesthetics, but it will also reveal any problem areas throughout your roof, while removing any obstructions that may interfere with the roof’s natural drainage process.
Contact a professional. If you happened to notice any concerning areas during your springtime roof inspection, do not try to fix it yourself. Contact an insured and bonded roofing contractor to take a look. It is important to have these areas of concern inspected by a professional to prevent a more serious issue from occurring that could result in an entire roof replacement.
By following these necessary steps and dealing with these potential issues early on, your roof will remain beautiful and leak free for seasons to come. Let the spring cleaning begin!