When it comes to spring cleaning, it can be easy to overlook your roof because it’s not easy to access. Neglecting your roof, even if it’s unintentional, can cause damage over time. To help you take good care of your roof, let us show you three residential roofing maintenance tips you can implement in spring.
Clean the Gutters
You might be thinking, “I just cleaned the gutters in fall – now I need to clean them again?” The short answer is yes.
Winter storms bring branches, leaves, and other debris onto roofs. If you don’t clean out the gutters, they won’t be able to perform well during spring and summer rains. Take the time to clear out damp leaves, twigs, and branches so your gutters can work well. If you don’t, your roof could sustain water damage because the gutters are too clogged to funnel water away from the roof line.
Check the Shingles
Over time, shingles develop wear and tear. Once shingles crack, curl, or come loose, they are vulnerable to water penetration. If you don’t remove the worn shingles and replace them with new shingles, your roof could take on water damage. This could compound, degrading the roofing system or causing mold and mildew to develop in your home.
With shingle replacement, it’s usually more cost-effective to replace shingles if the damage is minor. When the damage is extensive, it might be more cost-effective to replace the existing roof rather than pay for such extensive repairs.
Look for Water Damage
The final step in spring roofing maintenance is to check for signs of water damage that may have occurred. On the roof, there may be spots that feel soft or spongy. You may see cracks where water is penetrating loose shingles or failed flashing. From the attic, you may be able to see holes in the roof where the sky is visible, pools of water, or mold and mildew. If you spot signs of water damage, have a professional make repairs before the situation gets worse.
Get Help From a Trusted Roofing Professional
At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, take the maintenance of roofing seriously! Let us know if we can take a look at your roof.