During the winter season, your roof gets tested by the wind, hail, snow, ice, and continual thaw-freeze conditions. These elements of Mother Nature can result in severe and often hidden damage to the roof. After every winter, it’s always prudent to check your roof for any sign of damage inflicted on your roof by these unwelcome elements and prepare it for the spring. Without proper roof check-up and subsequent repairs, if there’s a need for it, you stand a considerable risk of exposing the whole structure to unprecedented damages – damages that could have easily been avoided. The safest bet on getting your roof set for the winter is by employing the services of a professional roofing contractor. Nevertheless, you, as a homeowner, have some roles to play as well.
So, how do you go about maintaining and getting your roof fit for the blooming spring? Here are some tips every homeowner should adopt when it comes to spring roofing.
Clean Your Gutter
Clearing of the gutters is one crucial roofing maintenance job that can easily be pulled by any homeowner; even the least experienced the lots. Clogged gutters pose more threat to the home’s structure than you can ever imagine. When gutters are not inspected and cleaned as at when due, the debris pile up and the gutter will fail to drain, causing an overflow. The moisture buildup can potentially damage the structural integrity of your home. To nip the bud, you have to conduct a thorough inspection of your gutters first, then remove any debris that may have built up in your gutters over the winter. Once you’re sure that all the debris has adequately been taken care of, use your hose to flush out any remaining residue.
Inspect Your Roof
After the gutter inspection and clean up comes the roof inspection. If your roof is flat or has a low pitch, carrying out a check may be quite easy, but if it’s a well-pitched roof, well, you might want to call your local roofer to help you out here. Roof inspection involves checking the roof for debris pile up, keen lookout for any sign of weak spots on the shingles, loose or damaged shingles, rust, or algae or fungus. Any these can serve as a pointer to roof damage that will require an immediate proactive response. Weak or loose shingles may appear like a minute problem, but if it’s ignored, the spring can weigh griever consequences on the roof. In like manner, mold or algae formation is a pointer of roof leaks, if you don’t involve the services of a roof repair and replacement company, the wet weather that comes can exacerbate these problems much too quickly.
Trim Back Any Overhanging Branches
With tree branches growing so close to your home and even extending so close to your roof, there’s a substantial lurking threat to your roof structure. Any overhanging branches can break off and land on your roof, potentially causing damage to your shingles and gutters. Take care of the branches before it takes care of your roof.
Tie All Loose Ends
Spring roofing involves touching diverse aspects of your roofing construct, inspecting and repairing all possible weak links in your roof. When conducting such, different things need to be taken care of. These may include getting rid of any animal nests found in the vents of columns along the edges of the roofs, replacing flash or loose flashing, and tightening loose bolts, particularly for metal roofs.
Spring roofing needs not to be an arduous task for you. Considering the benefits, it might just be perfect for leaving not only the maintenance and repairs but even the inspection to Royal Roofing & Siding Brooklyn 2380 Ralph Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234 (718) 536-2667.