Winter has finally come to an end and many are looking forward to the warmer weather.
It is the ideal time to get out of the house and do some outdoor activities, as well as to conduct some home improvement tasks that were postponed due to cold weather and frequent precipitation.
One of the top home improvement priorities for many homeowners is undoubtedly roof inspection.
Winter may have left a toll on your roof and damaged it to some extent, so before anything else, you should make sure your roof is still in good condition.
Why is this important and what exactly does a spring roof maintenance entail? Read on to find out!
Why Is Roof Maintenance Important?
One of the best things about spring and the warmer weather is that we can finally get out of the house more, spend more time outside, and be more active – whether it is recreation, playing with the kids or doing some yard work and chores around the house.
But even though leisure activities are often more appealing, making sure your home is adequately protected should come first. Winter may or may not have left some underlying damages and the only way to be sure is to conduct some maintenance and inspection.
And why is it important to conduct it as soon as the winter is over? For three main reasons.
Spot the Damage More Easily
While you can conduct roof inspections, repairs, and replacement during winter as well, springtime is much more convenient, safer, and the damages are easier to spot.
Your roofer will have no problem inspecting the roof thoroughly when the sun is shining on it, detecting any cracks, gaps, missing shingles, and other damages, no matter how small they are.
Any wind, hail, storm damage, and roof discolorations will be more obvious in the clear weather, as well as more easily mitigated.
Even homeowners themselves may be able to notice some bigger damages easily when inspecting the roof from the ground.
Schedule Repair or Replacement on Time
One of the great advantages of inspecting the roof as soon as the winter is over, is being able to promptly discover leaks and damages. This way, you are able to call your roofer and schedule the repair or even roof replacement on time.
You will avoid any further underlying damages from developing and causing serious structural issues to your property.
In addition to that, if you get your roof in top shape before the summer, before the weather gets too hot, you will also be saving up on your energy bills. Your roof will have no gaps, cracks, and damages that will let your cool, air-conditioned air escape outside.
Peace of Mind
Last but not least, you will have peace of mind knowing that you’ve done everything you can to make your home safe, protected, and comfortable for you and your family.
You will not have to worry about underlying issues and potential damages, but you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the season stress-free.
Spring Roof Maintenance Checklist
Here are some of the most important aspects to focus on during your spring roof maintenance this year.
While some of them may seem simple enough to do on your own, it is always recommended to call a professional roofing contractor to do a thorough inspection.
They will be able to expertly pinpoint all minor and major issues and tell you right away if you need any work done on your roof.
Perform Visual Inspection from the Ground
One of the first things to do once spring arrives is to conduct a visual inspection of your roof and the entire property from the ground.
This task is safe enough so that you can do it on your own and at any sign of issue, simply call your local roofer.
Through this general visual inspection, you can take a look at your roof and search for any of the following issues:
- Damaged shingles – see if they are curled or broken in any way
- Missing shingles – some of them may have been blown away
- Cracked or loose flashing around the vents and the chimney
- Any debris that has piled up
- Standing water from the last rain
These are only the surface issues that should be more easily noticed. For any deeper inspections that involve climbing on top of the roof, it is best to employ your roofer.
Inspect and Clean the Gutter System
Gutters are an integral part of your roofing system as they keep it water and damage-free. Their main role is directing the water off of the roof and away from your property, thus preventing leaks.
During winter, your gutters may become clogged, they may crack and parts of them may even detach from your property.
Therefore, in order to prevent serious issues such as leaks, basement flooding, and foundation damage, check for any issues and remove any debris buildup that has accumulated.
And for all other bigger repairs or gutter replacements, make sure to call your local contractor.
Check the Interior of Your Home for Damages
The inside of your home may also show some signs of damage. For example, you may notice stains on your walls and ceilings, paint peeling or blistering, and even mold and mildew.
These are obvious signs of water and moisture damage and there is probably a leak somewhere on your roof.
In addition to that, your attic is also one of the most vulnerable areas during winter, as it is just below the roof. You should check for the same issues and also make sure that your ventilation is working properly.
This may come as surprise but you should also make sure that there is no wildlife, critters or insects in your attic, as they are known to crawl inside to warm up through the smallest of gaps.
Ready for the New Season
Conducting this springtime roof maintenance will help you keep your roof in top shape, as well as help you mitigate any damages on time.
Sometimes, when the winter was very harsh, you may need some extensive repairs or even a roof replacement, so make sure to call your roofer on time and don’t wait for the damages to get more serious and costly.
Your top local roof replacement company is at your disposal so don’t hesitate to call us anytime!