Once the weather starts getting warmer, most homeowners start daydreaming about new plants for their gardens, days when they can sit back and relax on their back patio, or getting out some propane and dusting off the grill. Hardly anyone thinks about checking in on their roof.
All winter, your roof has protected you from the cold and wet —and now it’s time to give your roof a little pampering. By following these spring roof maintenance tips, you’ll show your roof, your great weather protector, some love, while also preventing some major issues down the line.
1. Get a roof inspection.
According to the National Roofing Contractor’s Association, homeowners should have their roofs professionally inspected at least twice a year — once in the fall to check on any damage the summer sun and storms may have caused, and once in the spring to see if winter weather took its toll on your roof.
Checking in on the state of your shingles, gutters, flashing, and protrusions is important for maintaining good roof health. Once those start to wear down, costly repairs start to build up. If you notice open gaps or loose roof materials during your spring inspection, make sure to call a licensed contractor so your roof can get ahead of the damage before summer storms wear them down even more.
2. Keep it clean.
When spring comes, showers won’t be the only thing falling on your roof and entering your gutters. Seeds, pods, buds, and petals will most likely be making appearances along with wind, rain, and hail. Clearing away anything that obstructs your gutters is vital to proper roof health, as buildup can result in damning, forcing water to work its way back up on your roof.
3. Let it breathe.
Inadequate ventilation can cause mold, ice damming, and a host of other issues with your roof. As the moisture in your home rises to your attic, if it can get out, it’ll start to build up and condense, causing problems throughout your home.
The Federal Housing Administration recommends at least 1 square-foot of ventilationper 300 square-feet of attic space to properly ventilate your home — a standard most homes don’t actually reach. When you have your roof inspection this year, have the inside of your attic and your vents looked at to guarantee that your house is moving air as it should. Check your exhaust and intake vents to make sure they’re free and clear of all leaves, sticks, and seeds.
Is your roof ready for spring?
While following these roof maintenance tips can help you stave off some roofing problems, a bad winter can take a serious toll on your roof and cause irreversible damage. To get the roof replacement process started, contact the roofing experts at Up On The Rooftop at 630-570-0355 or visit us online to request a free estimate.