Spring cleaning: It’s that time of year once again. Sure, you need to de-clutter your garage and your basement, spruce up your landscaping and dust your common living areas, but that’s not the type of cleaning this guide is about. You need to give some attention to your roof too.
A long, snowy winter can leave your roof with leaks, missing shingles and mold. Of course, if you catch the problems right away, repairs can stay minimal. That’s why it’s a smart idea to go through a spring cleaning checklist and assess the state of your home’s roof.
Here are four steps to get you started:
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
You may have cleaned out your gutters in the fall, but chances are they’re full of leaves and debris once again after the long winter. Either hire a professional or carefully climb a ladder and make sure all pathways are clear, so water can flow uninhibited. A backup in your gutters during the rainy spring can have serious implications for your home.
While you’re cleaning, you also should check for signs of wear and tear on your gutters. A functional gutter system is critical to a protective roof — rust and corrosion are sure signs your gutters may need to be replaced, before they break away from the house and leave you without a way to direct precipitation off the roof and away from your home.
2. Examine Your Roof for Loose Shingles and Flashing
Never climb up onto your roof — it’s too dangerous — but examine the exterior from the ground. Look for any gaps in the shingling, or for shingles that seem to be loose and ready to fly off during the next high wind. You also should look for signs that your flashing is buckling or tearing away from the roof.
Call a professional to make the repairs if need be, as it’s easier to put a stop to any damage right away rather than let the problem compound. It will become more extensive and expensive unless you use spring cleaning as an opportunity to address it.
3. Trim Nearby Branches
Have nearby trees grown and begun to cast a shadow your roof? A hanging tree branch is an accident waiting to happen. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to safely cut back vegetation so it does not threaten your roof, or you can do it yourself if you have the proper equipment. This also will reduce the amount of leaves you’ll need to clean out of your gutters in the future.
4. Look at the Inside of Your Attic and Home
Lastly, check for any signs of water damage or mold inside your attic or on the ceiling in your home. If you see any staining or smell mildew, it’s wise to call a professional roofer so they can pinpoint the exact cause of the damage and make the repair quickly, before it has a chance to get worse.
It’s the perfect season to make sure your roof is functioning properly and is in good condition. Get in touch with Knockout Roofing if you think you have a roofing issue and we’ll provide fast, efficient roof repairs so you can get back to focusing on other areas of your home that need spring cleaning as well.