After the winter season, the warmer spring season is around the corner. It is now the ideal time to start spring cleaning your home. You probably do not think that the roof needs care, but it is essential to assess your roof gutters and shingles. Taking care of your roof extends its lifespan and sustains your home’s curb appeal.
When planning to clean your roof this spring, it is imperative to start with the checklist below.
1. Inspect your Gutters
The thing you should check after the winter season is your gutters. Worn sealant and clogged gutters can cause a leak. Therefore, check the gutters and clear any visible debris and ensure that water flowing correctly before the start of the spring rainstorms.
Worn-out sealant occurs because of general wear and tear, so check in the end caps and the corners for signs of leakage. Ensure that the gutter sits tightly on the roofline as heavy ice and snowfalls can dislodge the gutter from the fascia.
2. Examine for Flashing and Loose Shingles
If possible, climb onto the roof and check for gaps in the shingling or loose shingles that can fly away if a big storm happens. Also, check your flashing to ensure that it is not coming apart or buckling from the roof.
If you discover faults in the roof, contact your roof maintenance company for a repair quote immediately. If you ignore roof damage for too long, it will lead to a costly repair procedure.
3. Check for Mildew and Moss
Mildew on the roof poses a health hazard for your family, and it develops when Debris sits on a roof for a long time. Mildew growth mostly happens in areas with shade trees and those that do not get sufficient sunlight.
Remove Debris from your roof and take proper care of the vegetation surrounding the roofline to keep mildew and moss away. There is a trick that prevents moss growth, which involves cutting pieces of zinc and copper and fastening them along the ridgeline. Galvanized flashing on your shingles also prevents moss and mildew infestation.
Do not forget to check for signs of mold, which include soot-like spots or white, brown, green, or black spots. Water problems and a musty odor often accompany mold growth.
4. Remove Debris
A few leaves on top of your roof do not cause harm, but large piles of pine needles and leaves should be removed with urgency. If you find Debris on the roof, clear it using a broom or a leaf blower. When clearing the Debris, be careful not to damage the shingles. If you can get to the roof, consider your safety by having a partner hold the ladder and put on slip-resistant shoes.
5. Trim Hanging Tree Limbs
It would help if you trimmed trees near your home to get them away from the roof. Tree branches and limbs damage shingles by loosening and scraping its protective shield. Large tree limbs easily puncture holes in the roof if it breaks off due to storms and winds. If you find large tree limbs, it is better to consult professionals to remove them.
6. Inspect the Attic
Finally, inspect for signs of mold or water damage in your ceiling or the attic in your home. If you notice a mildew smell or staining, call a professional to establish the origin of the damage and fix the problem before it gets worse.
In conclusion, taking care of your roof increases its life span. This is because the roof is a considerable investment, which can negatively impact your home if it gets damaged. It is, therefore, necessary to protect it by cleaning and maintaining it properly to save you money.