Spring is a great time to tackle roof maintenance and all those exterior chores that may have been neglected during the winter months. As the trees begin to bud with new leaves and we begin to peek our heads outside now that the weather is getting warmer, take a moment to assess the condition of your roof. Proper roof maintenance is important for the longevity and performance of your roof, as well as for the safety and protection of your home. Here are some roof maintenance chores that you should complete during the spring:
The first step in maintaining your roof is to conduct a thorough inspection for any signs of damage, such as cracked or missing shingles, warped or rotting wood, or rusted flashing. Inspect the roof from the ground, using binoculars to get a closer look, or consider hiring a professional to do a more comprehensive inspection.
Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage, which can cause costly repairs. Clean out any debris, leaves, or branches that have accumulated in the gutters and downspouts and ensure that water is flowing freely through them.
Look for any signs of water damage, such as water stains or mold growth, in your attic or ceilings. These can be signs of a leak and should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.
Overhanging tree branches can cause damage to your roof, especially during high winds or storms. Trim any branches that are within six feet of your roof to prevent them from scratching or damaging the surface.
Birds, squirrels, and other animals can cause damage to your roof, such as chewing through shingles or creating nests. Check for any signs of animal activity and address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
Flashings are the metal pieces that cover gaps between the roof and other parts of the house, such as chimneys, skylights, or vents. Check that the flashing is secure and not damaged, as they can lead to leaks and other issues.
Your roof vents help to regulate temperature and moisture in your attic, and they should be cleaned and inspected annually. Remove any debris or dust that has accumulated in the vents and ensure that they are properly sealed and not damaged.
Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct a more thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs or replacements. They have the expertise and tools to identify issues that may not be immediately apparent, and can provide guidance on proper maintenance and care for your roof.
All in all, regular roof maintenance is important to ensure the safety and longevity of your home. By completing these spring roof maintenance chores, you can identify and address any issues before they become costly repairs. If your roof needs repairing, replacing, or upgrading, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Innovative Builders. We work hard to negotiate with your insurance company, and we will always leave your roof better and stronger than we found it.
By Innovative Builders 3-21-2023