Spring brings warming temperatures, chirping birds, the melting of snow and ice – and new projects for all the damage that snow and ice caused over winter. One of the most important parts of your house to check on after winter is your roof. Let’s review what you should do so your roof is ready for spring showers.
Inspecting for Damage
Snow and ice can cause a variety of damage to your roofing system, so you’ll need to be certain all components are in good condition and ready for impending spring precipitation. Look for any of the following:
- Missing or balding shingles
- Rip, torn, or punctured shingles
- Large amounts of granules in gutters – an indicator of an aging roof
- Gutter damage including sagging or pulling away of the gutters
- Missing or damaged flashing (metal barriers around roof penetrations)
- Any damage to custom components like skylights
Inspecting for Leaks
Give your attic a once-over for leaks. Look for any signs of water damage like discoloration, swelling, peeling, or mold. Use a flashlight and be thorough. If you see any signs of leaking note them for a roofing contractor to inspect.
Deal with Debris
If there’s any debris left over from the winter, it’s best to clean it off the roof. Organic matter like piles of leaves and twigs harbor moisture and mold which can prematurely age your roofing system. Grab any branches or other items that can scratch your roofing too.
Call a Roofer
For a thorough inspection, talk to your local roofing contractor. Most reputable companies offer complimentary inspections so you can be certain your roof is in tip-top shape. Ideally, you’ll call on the roofing company that replaced the roof to perform any maintenance.
A certified roofer will inspect all components for leaks, damage, and signs of aging and make any necessary recommendations regarding repairs and maintenance. You can sleep easier when spring rain is battering on your window knowing it won’t be coming through your roof.
Spring brings the great thaw and your roof must be ready for it. Inspect the roof and its components for damage, clean any debris off, and make a thorough inspection for leaks. For a fail-proof inspection use a local roofing contractor for a professional eye. If you check all those boxes your roof will be ready for whatever weather spring brings.