Spring Cleaning Roof Checklist
Daylight savings time has hit, and it is resetting all of our internal clocks to springtime. It is also signaling homeowners that it is time to get things cleaned up after the long winter months. One thing that is often forgotten, which shouldn’t be, is the shape of your roof. This spring, don’t forget that roof cleaning isn’t just about aesthetics. It is about maintaining the integrity and longevity of your roofing materials. If you don’t remove dirt, debris, bacteria, and algae growth from the first line of defense against your greatest investment, you might be headed for disaster.
Spring Cleaning Roof Checklist
Clear Your Gutters…Now!
One of the very first concerns you should have heading into spring is how well your gutters are performing. If you didn’t have time to clear them out before winter, spring showers can wreak havoc. Gutters work by moving water away from your home’s foundation where it can pool and lead to structural problems and soil erosion. And they also aren’t designed to take a whole lot of weight. If your gutters are clogged by dirt and debris, not only are they at risk of pulling away from the house due to the additional load; they aren’t going to save your foundation. So the first thing to focus on with roof maintenance is to ensure that your gutters are in good working order.
Inspect Your Roof for Signs of Damage
The winter was not all that kind to homeowners in Charleston. With so many harsh storms, checking for signs of damage this spring is imperative. Not only do you want to inspect to make sure that a small problem doesn’t turn into a massive one; if there are signs of storm damage, you need to report them to your insurance company. Things like loose shingles are hard to view from the ground. And, if missed, they can cause major leaks and lead to needing to have your roof replaced altogether. It is a good idea to have a professional roofer inspect to ensure that your roof is in top shape.
Inspect for Mold
While inspecting your roof, it is essential to check for signs of mildew or mold. If you don’t catch mold and mildew growth, it can become very serious and costly. If you do spot it early on, however, cleaning it is a breeze. But it is much better to call a professional to do it than to risk getting up on a ladder to clean yourself. Although you probably can do it; for your safety, you shouldn’t.
Trim Branches Around Your Roof
One of the biggest threats to your roof, which often goes unnoticed, is hanging or dangling branches. If you have overgrowth hovering over your roof, it only takes one good storm to do a lot of damage. If it has been a while since you have had your trees trimmed, spring is an excellent time to do it. It will not only reduce the likelihood that you will need a costly roof repair, it will keep your trees looking beautiful and healthy.
Check for Signs of Problems in and out
Getting up on your roof is probably something you should leave to a professional. But spotting signs of damage can also be done from the interior. If you can get into your attic, do a spot check to ensure that you don’t see any water rings or other types of weather-related damage. If your attic is too light; look and make sure there aren’t any holes that can lead to significant repair issues.
Lifespan and Wear and Tear
If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, then having it inspected to ensure that it is good for another year, is a good idea. Although a new roof is a significant expense, it isn’t as expensive as paying for roof damage, or replacing your roof. This spring, have a professional evaluate to see if the integrity of your roof is strong enough to make it through another harsh South Carolinian summer.
As spring approaches, now is a good time to be preemptive by having your roof both inspected and cleaned. At Powell Roofing, our number one priority is providing our customers with honest and fair estimates. And also offering evaluations to ensure that their greatest asset is indeed covered. Contact us today to see how we can help get your home ready for spring!