As warmer weather begins to creep in, it’s time to make sure your roof is as ready for springtime as you are. It’s easy for snow and ice to take their toll on even the best roof, so it might be necessary to have a professional come out for an inspection and repairs.
Before having a professional out, you can easily take a look from the ground with a pair of binoculars. If you decide to climb up onto the roof to remove large items like leaves and branches, be sure to have someone watching to assist if there’s an emergency.
1. Remove Anything That Doesn’t Belong
Step one is removing any debris that may be hanging out up there. This includes sticks, branches, leaves, and pine needles. They can easily wash down into your gutters, causing them to become clogged, which can result in water damage in the long run. Additionally, large objects could cause the gutters to crack and break, resulting in total replacement.
2. Look for Signs of Damage
Keep an eye out for missing and damaged shingles up on the roof. Shingles that look smooth or are buckling need to be replaced, while damaged or missing flashing where the chimney requires immediate attention from a professional. If these are left unattended, rainwater can leak into places you definitely don’t want it. Ventilation stacks assist with shedding moisture and allow the top of your house to breathe. If they appear damaged, get them fixed as soon as you can. Simple caulking and weatherstrips can work magic by preventing moisture from seeping under roofing materials and getting into the home. Rotting or damaged caulking should be replaced to maintain adequate protection.
3. Check the Attic
Pay a visit to your attic or crawlspace and look around for any signs of water or light coming in. If you come upon dripping water, standing water, or damp beams, there may be a leak that needs to be attended to. Remember that water does flow downhill, so take a peek at the roof’s peak when looking for any leaks. Identify any patches of mold or mildew in the home. This means there is excess moisture buildup that needs to be taken care of.
4. Make Repairs
Ensure all of your gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Oftentimes, ice and snow weigh heavy on them and can pull them loose. Replace any missing tiles, flashing, shingles, and caulk where needed. Plug up holes, or mark them and have a professional come out for repairs. The sooner it is taken care of, the safer your home will be!