Now the winter is almost over and your roof has successfully survived the cold, ice and snow, it's time to prepare your roof for the warmer spring weather. This includes inspecting your roof for any damage that may have occurred over the winter season. Here are three of the most important areas of concern when it comes to spring roofing maintenance:
The guttering system on your home was specifically designed to catch and remove water from the roof. This is to help prevent the pooling and build-up of moisture, prevent any damage to the roof and overall home structure, and discourage mold growth that is often brought on by the presence of moisture. In order for your gutters to work properly, they need to be cleaned and inspected for problems at least a couple of times annually. Spring is the perfect time to conduct this check-up and perform the cleaning. You should manually remove large debris and then use a garden hose or power washer to remove remaining dirt and grime build-up. Once the gutters have been cleaned, you need to perform a full inspection of the gutter system and look for any sections that have become rusted or loose over the winter. These need to be repaired immediately.
Your next step is going to be inspecting the roof for any damage to your shingles. You can perform a visual inspection from the ground, but you also need to scan the surface of your roof by climbing a ladder and getting on the roof. Look for any signs of warping, grain loss, discoloration as well as missing shingles. Remember, the grains on your shingles are very important, as they help to keep your roof protected from various weather elements. Without them, your roof is at risk of water penetration and other damage. The shingles will need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Finally, you need to inspect the metal strips, which are known as flashing, that are designed to seal off any gaps and keep water from seeping underneath shingles and around openings, such as around chimneys. Flashing can become loose over time due to the wind or other conditions, which can result in water damage or mold inside the home. A few of the most common areas for leaks to occur due to flashing damage are around skylights, chimneys and valleys. Roof fasteners can be used to secure loose flashing and then the tack holes can then be sealed with roof cement.
If none of the above is something that you feel comfortable doing on your own, contact a roof repair contractor in your area for a spring roofing inspection.