All types of roofs require spring maintenance to avoid leaks and damages to the roof and the building and personal property in the building. In fact, the average homeowner spends up to 4% of their home's value on repair and maintenance, including those related to the roof. You need to care about how your roof is doing after winter.
The winter season exposes your roof to very tough conditions where it bears the snow, experiences the formation of ice dams and is exposed to strong winds. Once the weather starts to warm up, you need to use these tips to maintain your roof in good working condition:
1. Check for Mold, Moss and Algae Growth
During winter, moisture often collects on the roof and over time, mold or algae may begin to form. Even though algae may not cause much damage, mold and moss can be very detrimental.
These plants can allow moisture to penetrate into the layers of the roofing system and cause damage to tiles / other roof materials. Upon decay, they can severely destroy your roofing structure.
Check the surface of your roof for possible growth of moss, algae and mold. Besides checking out the roof itself, check the structure as well since there could have been a leak that allowed moisture into the roofing structure. Get rid of them as soon as you spot them to prevent further damage.
This can be done by spraying the roof with dilute chlorine. Be careful not to destroy the roof during the removal process.
2. Clean The Gutters
Roofs experience lots of debris build up during winter. Snowfall and winter storms cause twigs and leaves to fall off trees and accumulate in gutters and downspouts.
When gutters are clogged by debris, they won't properly drain water off the roof surface during spring. Besides, the moisture retention may encourage the accumulation of moisture that encourages the growth of moss, mold and algae, which are, of course, detrimental to the roof.
This calls for you to clean your gutters thoroughly as spring sets in. Scoop the debris away from the roof surface.
Be careful not to scratch the roof surface in the process. This may call for you to hire a roofing professional since climbing up the roof may also be dangerous.
3. Professional Roofing Inspection
Whether or not you notice a problem with your roof, schedule a roofing inspection to be sure that all is well with your roof.
Since your roof protects your home and all that is in it, you want to be sure it can keep moisture out of your home and be in top-notch condition.
Hiring an experienced roofer is paramount because you will be able to effectively determine the extent of the roofing damage if any, and whether the roof requires any minor repairs, major repairs or a total roof replacement.
Ask for a comprehensive inspection report from the inspector and take note of the identified problems. Are there any missing or damaged tiles? Check for damaged soffits or fascia around the exterior of the home.
Preferably, get photos of any problems you have and deal with them as soon as you are able to. You need to budget for this.
4. Repair Roofing Leaks
The winter season is harsh enough to cause wear and tear to your roof. This may lead to roof leaks. If unattended to, leaks can cause expensive damages to your roof and your building.
As you carry out your roofing inspection, examine the roof for leaks or signs of leaks. Examine the surface of the roof, the edges, and the drainpipes. Check out the loft as well.
To avert further damage, repair the discovered leaks immediately. Due to the severity of roof leaks, assign the repair tasks to a professional roofing contractor who will conduct them skillfully and fast.
5. Trim The Trees Around Your Building
If your property is surrounded by trees, consider trimming them to size. Trees that grow too close to the roof often shed their leaves and drop twigs that accumulate on the roof.
During storms and during windy weather, branches may fall off these trees and cause damage to your roofing structure or surface.
This can be controlled by trimming to avoid branches overlapping over the roof and removing weak branches that are on the verge of falling off.
As you trim the trees, avoid branches falling on the roof. Additionally, acquaint yourself with the local regulations that govern the cutting of trees to avoid legal damages. If you can afford it, use the services of an expert tree surgeon.
The roof is one of the most vital elements of a home. You, therefore, have to take a keen interest in maintaining it in good working condition.
This does not have to always entail very complex processes. Simple activities such as the removal of moss, algae and mold can go a long way in saving you from replacing your entire roofing system.
Schedule a professional roofing inspection where a roofing expert gets to identify problems on your roof and prepare a repair schedule.
These tips and tricks can help you avoid major roofing problems and save you lots of money in the long run.
Guest blog provided by Fortress Roofing