You know that winter is hard on your home systems, but spring can be a trying time, too. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about spring roofing issues, so you take fast action to prevent problems with your roof.
Tree limbs that hang over the roof can scratch shingles, wearing down the granules over time. Trees can also drop leaves and branches on the roof. As a best practice, trim back trees, so they do not hang over the roof.
Trees that shade the roof can also cause moss to develop, so trimming trees back can open up the roof to sunlight, preventing moss. If your roof has moss, remove it with chemicals or install copper or zinc strips to the roof line for natural moss treatment.
Mold prematurely ages your roof. If your roof is discolored with mold, treat it with chemicals to preserve your roof’s longevity.
Leaves and Pine Needles
Leaves and pine needles can make your roof look unsightly, but they can also cause water damage. Leaves act like a sponge, soaking up water. Leaves and pine needles can clog gutters as well.
Gutters allow water to drain off your roof rather than pool, where the water could seep through the roof membrane. Since winter ice can damage gutters, for instance by tearing them off the roof line, it’s important that you have your gutters checked in spring.
Shingles protect your roof from weather, so it’s important they be intact. A few missing shingles here and there can be replaced, but if your roof is looking bare, it may be time for a roof replacement.
Chimney and Flashing Issues
If there are issues with your chimney or flashing, it could affect your roof. A cracked chimney or failed flashing allows water to seep in, where it can damage your home structure or cause mold and mildew growth. Since it can be difficult to spot chimney and flashing issues from the ground, your best bet is to have a roofing technician come and check things out.