When the snow starts to melt and the trees start to bloom, it's the best time for you to perform routine maintenance on your roof. Performing maintenance ensures that your roof lasts longer and that you can identify and fix problems before they spiral out of control. There are a few things that you should do for spring roof maintenance.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is an important part of roof maintenance because when your gutters get clogged, the water running off your roof has nowhere to go. This can create water pooling on your roof, which can damage it over time. If the water cannot drain properly, this can cause extra weight in your gutters which can damage your roof as well. In the spring, use a gloved hand to scoop out any debris that has built up in your gutters. Remove as much debris as possible, then flush your gutters with a garden hose to ensure it's cleared out.
Clear Debris Off Your Roof
During winter things might have accumulated on your roof that you didn't notice due to snow coverage. Once the snow has melted, hop onto your roof and walk around, removing any debris, such as large tree branches, that might have collected on your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
After you have cleaned the debris off your roof, you should walk around and give your roof a visual inspection. Keep an eye out for different problems like, peeling shingles that are coming off of your roof, check the flashing that exists around your chimney, vents, and pipes ensuring that it isn't loose or punctured, check for soft spots which could indicate water damage. After you have done a visual inspection of your roof, you will have a better idea of what needs to be repaired.
Inspect The Attic
Often times roof damage can't be seen on the exterior of the home, but you will be able to detect it in the attic. That is why you should inspect your attic each spring. Look out for signs of leaks, like dampness, mold or darkened spots. You should also be on the look out for soft spots in the wood, which could indicate structural weakness, as well as keeping your eye out for signs of a pest infestation.
If you notice any problems with your roof during your spring maintenance, contact a residential roofing contractor (such as one from http://www.empireroofingnm.com) to help you repair and restore your roof.
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