5 Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance

By Johan | April 14, 2018 | Roofing

Now that winter’s over, the warm weather makes it easier to do outdoor maintenance of your house. Read on to learn more about 5 tips for spring roof maintenance, and how your local roofing service providers can help.

1. Clean out your gutters.

By the time spring rolls around, your gutters have taken a real beating. They’ve probably collected all kinds of leaves, branches, acorns, and other debris. Give your gutters a break by clearing them every spring.

If your gutters are clogged, they won’t effectively drain water off the roof. This can lead to leaks and other problems.

When you clean out the gutters, make sure to check the downspouts as well. For bonus points, make sure your downspout is draining away from the foundation of your house. Your basement will thank you!

If you’re not comfortable getting up on your own roof, it’s important to call a professional roofer to get the job done.

2. Inspect the shingles.

While you’re up there, take some time to make sure your shingles are laying flat and don’t have any damage. You may be able to hammer down any loose nails to secure your shingles.

If your shingles are loose, curling, or showing any other signs of damage, it’s a good idea to call a professional roofer to evaluate the situation.

If your roof is looking quite damaged, it may be time to schedule a roof replacement. Thankfully, the spring is a good time to schedule this work.

3. Check the flashing.

Your flashing is the metal or plastic material used to connect your roof at various points. Flashing is used around the chimney, around skylights, and around the edges of the roof.

Check the caulk to make sure it’s all sealed up. If not, you can re-caulk it yourself or call a professional roofer to inspect the situation.

If the flashing is showing signs of rust, it may need to be replaced.

4. Check for water damage.

This spring, take a look at the ceilings in your house and make sure there aren’t any wet spots, paint bubbles, or other signs of water damage.
If you’ve noticed a leak coming through the roof during rain storms, it’s not enough to just put a bucket underneath the spot and hope for the best. It’s important to call a professional roofer to inspect the situation immediately to prevent any further damage.

5. Don’t let animals find a place to live on your roof.

Racoons, birds, mice, and other creatures can all make a nest on your roof, which can potentially cause damage to your home.

Raccoons, for example, are known to tear off shingles and burrow into your attic to have their babies. This is very common in the spring when animals are becoming active again.

Make sure your roof is in good condition so animals won’t get in, and you’ll thank yourself later.