Spring is finally here, which means it’s a good time to evaluate any wear and tear to your roof that may have been caused by winter weather. This means taking the opportunity to identify and fix small problems so that they likely won’t turn into larger, more costly issues. Whether you’re assessing the roof on your home or your commercial property, here are a few key places to address preventative measures as well as check for damage.
Caring for Your Roof in Spring
If leaves or other debris from fall and winter are clogging your gutters, that means the potential for water damage to both your roof as well as possibly leading to leaks inside. Roof leaks and rotting can lead to expensive roof repairs, so be sure to clean out your gutters and look for any weak spots. A good habit to create when caring for your roof in the spring is to clean out your gutters each spring and fall.
While you’re ensuring your gutters are clear, look around your roof to ensure there are no piles of leaves gathering near roof valleys or chimneys. If you don’t remove them, moisture can become trapped in the pile and gradually lead to decomposition. Use a soft car-washing brush or rake to pull the leaves down and out of your gutters. If the leaves are too wet, use a garden hose to wash them off.
If the trees on your property have grown so that their leaves and branches are scraping your roof, now is a good time to trim them back. Not only does this scraping damage your roof, it also creates a shady, humid environment that can lead to moss growth. Overhanging branches also give squirrels and other rodents access to your roof, where they can gnaw at your roofing and siding. If possible, we recommend keeping branches at least 10 feet away from your roof to prevent any damage from abrasion and pests. If needed, reach out to a pro to help ensure that the branches you’re trimming won’t cause any additional damage to your roof during the process.
Molds, mildews, excess dirt and other debris can eat away at your roofing materials, thereby weakening the whole system. Caring for your roof in spring means giving your roof a good wash using some under-the-sink cleaners (such as chlorine bleach or detergent mixed with water) to rid your roof of any moss or mold build up. When washing your roof, do not power wash. This can cause additional damage to your roof and force water up under shingles.
Roof flashing acts as a sealer in between the joints in the roof as a way to prevent leaks in areas that are more susceptible, like roof valleys, skylight perimeters, a dormer wall and the chimney. Winter and spring bring lots of showers and storms, often bringing more rain that your old flashing can handle. Be on the lookout for work areas, especially places where the flashing is buckling, missing, or has gaps.
If you live in an area with lots of snow, you may be battling ice buildup on your roof. This can cause leaks in your roof that can potentially damage your insulation. If possible, use a rake or telescoping pole to dislodge snow so that you have a three to four-foot area of clearance around your gutters. If ice has already formed on your roof, wait for it to thaw because dislodging it could damage your roof.
Caring for your roof in spring doesn’t have to feel like a chore, whether you’re assessing your home or commercial building. We believe that roof maintenance is the best way to prevent leaks and other damage from happening in the first place. Contact our team for an assessment of your roof, so we can help you extend its lifespan and save you from the expensive cost of future damage.