Spring Is Coming: How To Prepare Your Roof
When the warm spring weather comes, you'll want to start thinking about how to get your roof ready after the rough winter. This is a great time to do some spring maintenance to keep everything in great condition and fix problems caused by the snow and ice. These are some things you should do.
Inspect Your Gutters
The winter could have been rough on your gutters. With ice and snow weighing them down, it's possible that the gutters have now pulled away from your home. In some situations, the weight of the snow could have even caused the gutters to crack.
That is why it is a good idea to use your ladder to climb up to the roof and look at the condition of the gutters. Are they still in good shape, or do you need to have them repaired or replaced? You may be surprised at what you see when you get a close look at them.
It is also a good time to clean your gutters if they are filled with dirt and debris from the winter. Use gloves, a trowel, and a bucket to scoop out all the gunk that is clogging the path of flowering water. When finished, you can run water from a garden hose through your gutters to clear out all the dirt that is loose in them.
Inspect The Roof
Once the gutters are taken care of, it is time to look at the roof itself. It will help to walk across the roof's length and try to find shingles that look like they are decaying or falling off. In those spots, peel back the shingle to look at the roofing material underneath it. Does it look like moisture has damaged the area? If so, you'll have to replace damaged roofing paper to protect the roof deck and replace the shingle with a brand new one.
Next, look at areas where items stick out from the roof. You want to pay attention to the flashing that surrounds the item, which prevents water from flowing under the roof. Is the flashing crumbling, or causing a space where water can get under the shingles? This will require repairing the flashing so there is a solid seal.
If you do not feel safe going up on your roof to do all of these things, know that a professional can do it for you. Contact a local roofing company regarding a spring roof inspection.