Winter can cause mild to moderate damage to your roof. To be prepared for the winter and spring months, check your roof for any signs of damage or repairs needed. Performing tasks such as cleaning gutters, trimming trees, and getting an inspection done can help you get ready for the spring and the rest of the year.
Here are some roof maintenance tips for spring:
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is essential while preparing your home for spring. Dirt, leaves, pine cones, and other debris in your gutter can create a problem, preventing water from reaching the drains. Clogged gutters can make water stand on your rooftop. From here, water can seep under your shingles, down into your attic, causing damage to your property. Therefore, clean your gutters properly to make sure water and melted snow and ice can drain properly and reduce the risk of ice dams during the winter.
Trim and Prune Your Trees
Overhanging tree branches are one of the biggest dangers to your roof. Besides shedding their leaves, trees also shed some of their branches, and if these branches fall on your roof, it can cause extensive damages or punctures and damp and shaded areas that encourage mold or algae growth. To prevent such damage, trim your trees away from your home. Also, check your trees to ensure their branches are not touching your roof.
Check the Insulation
Properly insulate and ventilate your attic to keep your roof in good condition and prevent ice dams from forming and reducing moisture.
Make Roof Repairs
Perform immediate repairs if you or your roofing contractor identifies any broken, missing, worn out, or damaged shingles. Do not wait too long to make roof repairs, as the snow and ice buildup can destroy your roof shingles, causing leaks and holes. This damage and the additional maintenance expenses can be prevented if roof repairs are made immediately after any damage is detected.
Get an Inspection
Many homeowners do not schedule a roof inspection until they spot obvious signs of damage or a critical repair requirement. Roofs are pretty high, and you cannot see all the nooks and crannies of it, so the problem may not be visible from the ground. Scheduling an inspection with a professional roofing contractor is the best way to identify any signs of damage or repairs before they can impact your roof’s condition. Additionally, homeowners should watch out for any water damage signs to their roofs. If any leak or water damage is detected, it should be rectified immediately to prevent further harm.
Follow these roof maintenance tips to ensure that your roof will stay safe during the winter and get ready for the spring months. If you want to have a professional home inspection, contact Worthy Home Inspection today.