Winter can be hard on your home, so spring cleaning shouldn't just apply to organizing the infamous junk drawer and clearing out old clothes you don't wear anymore. As the weather gets warmer, and you head outside to work in your yard, don't neglect your roof. Catching potential issues and fixing problems early, could save you money, and a headache, down the road.
1. Clean Roof Surface
Remove any debris that has collected on the roof during the winter that can trap moisture, which can lead to mold, moss, and other unwanted growths on your roof. These things increase the risk of water leaks and other damage. Debris can also add unnecessary weight to the roof. You can use a rake or air blower to remove natural debris, but be careful not to damage the shingles.
2. Inspect Shingles
Not all roof damage is visible from the ground, so pull out the ladder, climb up, and carefully inspect your shingles. Look for shingles that are missing, cracking, or curling. It's important to repair or replace damaged shingles to avoid leaks or damage to your roof or the interior of your home. If you see large areas of damaged shingles, it may be time to call a professional roof to repair or replace your roof. While inspecting your roof, check your chimney and flashing for any potential damage.
3. Clean Gutters
Cleaning out your gutters each spring could help you avoid costly repairs. Fall and winter seasons bring leaves and other loose debris that collect on roof tops, which eventually wash into the gutters. Clogged gutters cannot properly drain rainwater, leading to overflowing gutters, which could eventually harm the foundation of your home. While cleaning and removing debris, check for rust, loose sections, and any signs of damage to the gutters. When cleaning your gutters, be sure your ladder is stable and use a garden trowel or gloved hand to scoop out debris. Make sure downspouts are clear of debris before the job is done.
4. Trim Trees
Trimming the trees typically has a holiday connotation, but tree maintenance is important in protecting your home. Mature trees can provide shade and improve the overall curb appeal of your home, but large trees too close to your home present risks if left alone. Work with a local tree company to trim back large branches away from your home. Tree branches should never touch your home. Branches can scratch and loosen your shingles, ultimately damaging your roof and shortening the life of the roof.
Do you need to schedule a roof inspection or repair for your home in Georgia this spring? Our team at All Roof Solutions can help! Give us a call at (678) 945-0030.