Roof Maintenance: What to Check Now That It's Spring

April 3, 2024

Winter has come, and winter is now done with all the possible damage it could do to your roof. Regular spring maintenance is key to ensuring your roof remains in top condition and protects your home from leaks and other issues. In this post, we'll show you everything you need to check to get your roof in good shape during and after spring.

Clear Debris from Gutters and Downspouts

Debris will surely have clogged your gutters and downspouts now that winter has passed. These would be quite challenging to clean up during the cold of winter. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup, which can damage your roof and siding. If you can, use a ladder to safely access your gutters and remove any debris by hand or with a scoop, then flush the gutters with water to ensure they are flowing freely.

Inspect for Damaged or Missing Shingles

Heavy snow and ice can cause shingles to become loose or crack, so look for shingles that are curled, blistered, or have granule loss – these are potential indications of significant roofing damage that may need repairs or replacement. Additionally, check for any shingles that may have been blown off during strong winds. 

Examine Flashing and Sealants

Flashing and sealants are essential components of your roof that help prevent water from seeping into areas around chimneys, vents, and skylights. To conduct your checks, first inspect the flashing and sealants for any signs of cracks or gaps between the roofing material and the flashing. Then, pay close attention to areas where flashing meets the roof surface – the most common areas for leaks to occur. If you notice any issues, repair or replace the flashing and sealants as needed to maintain a watertight seal.

Check for Signs of Water Damage

Water stains on ceilings and walls, mold growth, and musty odors are clear signs of water damage. Follow the drips where they come from – these are likely areas where water may be pooling or dripping during rain or snow. Have a specialist clear out mold growth and ask your roofer to replace any damaged roofing components to avoid long-term roofing problems.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Overhanging tree branches are a huge problem for any homeowner – even if they make your home look beautiful. Ask an expert to trim back any branches hanging over your roof or touching the roof's surface to reduce any scraping and the risk of fallen branches puncturing or dislodging shingles. Another advantage of trimming overhangs is the improved airflow and reduced risk of mold and mildew growth on your roof.

Schedule a Professional Inspection

While you can perform many aspects of roof maintenance yourself, it's also a good idea to schedule a professional inspection at least once a year. A qualified roofing contractor can provide a thorough assessment of your roof's condition and identify any underlying issues that may not be immediately apparent. They can also recommend any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks to keep your roof in optimal condition. 

Consider Roof Coating or Sealant

As an additional protective measure, you may want to consider applying a roof coating or sealant to prolong the life of your roof and enhance its durability. Roof coatings can help seal small cracks and gaps, as well as protect against UV damage and extreme weather conditions. Additionally, certain coatings can improve energy efficiency by reflecting sunlight and reducing heat absorption. But, before you do anything, always consult with a roofing professional to determine the best type of coating or sealant for your roof and climate.

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