Spring is the perfect time to give your roof some love to erase the effects of a winter’s worth of wind, ice and snow. Some roof preparations for the spring include;
Inspect and Clean the Gutters
Clogged or deficient gutters can cause fascia and trim deterioration and damaging water backups under your shingles. To ensure that your gutters are fully functional, clean the troughs and downspouts to remove debris collected during the winter months. Then, find and fix damage like holes or joint gaps, poorly-connected downspouts or sagging sections. If the harsh winter weather took a toll on your gutter system and it’s in poor overall condition, spring is also the ideal time to have it replaced.
Check the Shingles and Flashing
Because of its position, your roof gets the full brunt of winter weather so it’s essential to give it a thorough spring checkup. For safety, assess your roof’s condition from ground level using binoculars if necessary. First, look along the ground for any significant granule deposits. Then, scan the roof for bare areas, broken or curled shingles, and damaged/missing flashing in the valleys and around the roof edge, chimney, vent pipes and other penetrations.
Look for Signs of Interior Damage
Winter roof damage can let water enter your home where it can ruin attic or ceiling insulation, decay structural members, encourage mold growth or damage drywall and paint. To identify leaks, take a powerful flashlight up to your attic and inspect the underside of the roof for water drips or fresh stains, and look for damp or moldy-looking insulation, too. If you find evidence of water infiltration in the attic, check for stains on the ceilings/walls of finished rooms below the attic as well.