We require our roofs to take on such a big responsibility all year long. They have to protect us from snow in the winter as well as from the rocky summer heat. And that’s why spring, the milder season in between, is generally the perfect time to get your roof inspected.
Spring typically means that it’s been a while since you last checked up on your roof. And with so many things happening before and potentially during this season that could potentially damage it (snowstorms, hail storms, fallen tree branches), now is the best time to take care of any potential problems before they worsen.
So, what can you do and where to focus your attention? Read on as we list some top tips for your spring roof maintenance.
Take a Look at Your Entire Roofing Surface from The Ground
The first thing you can do is have a look at your roof, i.e., perform a visual inspection from the ground. What you should be looking for are any missing or broken shingles, debris build-up, moss, algae, broken flashing, detached gutters, and any other obvious damages. These can usually easily be fixed before they cause any more damage to your roof – provided they are caught early on.
Check and Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
Remove any debris from your gutters and downspouts that has built up over time, including leaves, twigs, branches, any other kind of debris. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. This is very important because one of the most common issues with gutters is clogging, which leads to water backing up and spilling over onto the roof, causing serious damage over time.
Check for Leaks Outside and Inside Your Home
A leaky roof can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time, so it’s important to take care of it as soon as you can. So, make sure to check for any visible leaks outside, on top of your roof, but also inside, where leaks are most likely to present themselves. If there are any, you might notice water stains on your walls and ceilings, paint peeling, or mold.
If Your Roof Is Older, Think About a Replacement
If your roof is more than 20 years old, it might just be time for a replacement. Older roofs are more prone to damages, leaks, and structural issues, so it’s best to talk to a professional about what the ideal course of action for your roof will be. Sometimes, it will be more cost-effective in the long run to get a new roof than to keep fixing the damages that come up.
Take Care of Any Potential Problems Before They Worsen
It is always best to be safe than sorry, so make sure to deal with any roofing issues that were potentially uncovered during the inspection and maintenance, no matter how small they may seem. This will give you peace of mind but also prevent more costly repairs and unnecessary stress in the future.
The Roof Mentors are always at your disposal to help, so don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with our qualified local roofers Raeford, NC, to make sure everything is still in good shape and that there are no potential problems waiting to happen.