As the cold of winter melts away, rain brings flowers, and everything returns to life, spring is the perfect time to shake off winter and restore your property to excellent condition. An often-missed outdoor clean-up task is taking care of your roof. Throughout winter, the roof can take a beating from the snow, wind, ice, and water. It is crucial to inspect your roof for damages, clean your gutters, and watch for any signs of moisture damage.
Additionally, the springtime is peak storm season for many homeowners, so preparing your roof for the upcoming weather is essential to staying safe and dry inside. Here are the six spring maintenance tips you should add to your to-do list to prevent damage.
1. Clean GuttersAfter a windy fall and snowy winter, gutters fill up with debris. Fallen leaves will clog your gutters so that rain cannot properly drain and will overflow and settle near your foundation. When snow sits heavy on your roof and melts away, dirt, sticks, leaves, and bugs will also fill up your gutters. With the heavy rain season approaching, clean gutters are vital. If you do not perform proper gutter maintenance, water damage may happen to your roof, ceiling, and foundation. The damage can be impossible to reverse without repair or replacement if your gutters do not drain properly.
2. Inspect Shingles
If you haven’t inspected your shingles since last spring, they have undergone a lot of wear and tear since then. One of our spring maintenance tips is inspecting your shingles for any wind, rain, snow, or ice damage. While you may be able to see your roof from the ground, the best way to inspect is to get up there on a ladder and look for damage or hire our team to come to your house and complete an inspection. Check for shingles with curled edges, cracks, or loose nails. If you see any damage, you should seek roof repair or replacement before the spring storms arrive.
3. Inspect for Mold
Like any part of your home, moisture can easily be trapped inside your roof. It is essential to look for any signs of water before mold can spread. Once mold infests your roof, it can multiply and lead to harm to your health and well-being, as well as the structure of your home. While there are some DIY methods for mold removal, talk to a licensed roofer before using any chemicals. If you are unsure whether you have mold, don’t hesitate to reach out for a professional inspection. Proper mold remediation must be performed, or the mold will return again.
4. Note Damages
While inspecting your shingles for damage or mold, note any abnormalities you see. This can help roofers know where to look and what damages have occurred when they arrive to perform maintenance. A professional can look and let you know if it is normal or needs repair. Another great reason to take photos and document these damages is for insurance purposes. Depending on your homeowners insurance policy, you may be able to get some of these damages covered under your plan and save yourself money.
5. Inspect Fascia, Siding, and Vents
While you are taking a look at your shingles, you can also take time to inspect the vents, siding, and fascia as part of tackling our spring maintenance tips. All of the exterior of your home takes damage during the fall, winter, and spring, not just the shingles and gutters. Some animals take refuge inside vents to escape the harsh winter, which can cause damage and make it easier for other pests to get inside your home. They should be removed while you take care of our spring maintenance tips.
Additionally, the fascia is located between your gutters and roof. It is designed to support your gutters, protect your roof’s underside, and block water from entering the attic. Because this portion of the roof is so important, it should be inspected while you complete other maintenance.
6. Get a Professional Inspection
The best tip we can give you for spring maintenance for your roof is to get a professional inspection. We have dedicated our careers to roofing. Benchmark Roofers knows the importance of a safe, secure roof and ensures expert-level results from our services. Not only can we see, fix, and replace damages, but we can also prevent more from occurring. A professional can point out potential issues and give accurate quotes to save time and money.
If You Need a Roof Inspection, Benchmark Roofers Can Help!
Benchmark Roofers is proud to serve homeowners and businesses in Maryland. We specialize in roofing, windows and doors, siding, and gutter replacement. With our decades of combined experience, we have the necessary knowledge and skill to provide every customer with the service they deserve. No matter your needs, we have skilled workers for the job. Contact us today at (443) 454-1293 to schedule an inspection.