20 Apr Is Your Roof Ready For Spring?
Winter is over and now it’s time to get started on all of the home maintenance chores that you were putting off until the weather got warmer. For many, this includes repairing your roof as quickly and affordable as possible. Follow these steps below to ensure roof repair is efficient and lasts for a long time.
Start With Your Gutters
During the winter, rain, wind and storms fill your gutters with dead leaves, sticks, water, and many other debris. That mixture can form clogs, making it next to impossible for your gutters to collect water during spring showers. For this reason, it’s necessary to pull out the ladder and clear your gutters. Remove large debris first, then use a wash to flush out any remaining residue.
Inspect for Seasonal Damage
While you’re up on the ladder, it’s a good idea to inspect the condition of your roof. Look for loose shingles or flashing, as well as signs of mold or algae. Mold and algae indicate that there is moisture trapped on the roof. Fortunately, these issues can turn out to be a relatively simple and inexpensive problems to solve, if they’re addressed as soon as you spot it. Replacing loose and missing shingles is a relatively simple repair, and algae problems can often be taken care of with zinc control strips. Areas of rust should be removed and painted over to avoid future damage.
Next, move on to your attic to inspect the interior of your roof. Look for any stains that would indicate a water leak problem. If caught early enough, this damage is a lot cheaper and easier to repair than a major leak.
If you don’t have the time or feel comfortable handling this chore on your own, consider hiring a professional roofing company to inspect and make repairs. Having a professional inspection of your roof every few years is generally a good idea to catch problems early on.