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Spring Roof Maintenance Review and Tips

Spring Roof Maintenance Review and Tips

Your home’s roof may be new, but it does need to be inspected regularly to ensure that it is up to the task of protecting your home. Twice yearly it should be inspected, something that you may be able to do by pulling out a ladder and climbing up for a visual inspection. Roof maintenance should be done in the spring and again in the fall, with our following tips geared toward the earlier of the two reviews.

Roof Review

So, why inspect the roof twice annually? Basically for one big reason: winter. The winter months are the most difficult on any roof and can cause the most damage as snowfall builds up, ice dams form and debris from trees fall down.

Your two inspections should take place in late fall and in early spring. The fall inspection prepares your roof for winter, ensuring that all leaves have been removed, shingles are in place and flashing is secure. Once winter has passed, a follow up inspection must be done to see what changes have taken place since your last review.

Shingle Maintenance

Roof shingles that have worked loose, cracked or split must be replaced. If shingles are broken, peeling, bowing or missing, you need to replace same at once. Also, if moss has built up, you need to apply a moss remover solution to the roof. No power washing — you will use an industrial broom to remove the accumulated detritus.

If you have a metal roof, examine the bolts or screws that hold the roof in place. Select bolts or screws of the same metal material to prevent corrosion. When screws are used, washers must always be used. If you must replace a portion of the damaged roof, choose only like metals to replace the broken section.

Flashing and Points of Entry

Roof flashing is used at various places on your roof and is most evident where the chimney meets the roof surface. It is at this juncture where water can seep in, quite possibly damaging your roof if it works loose.

Flashing can also be found around skylights, bathroom exhaust vents and any other intrusion into your roof. Flashing is also used in roof valleys. If you have flashing problems, call a professional roofer to make repairs.

Gutters and Downspouts

Once you have thoroughly inspected the roof, you are ready to turn your attention to your gutters and downspouts. This water management system is critical to preserving your roof and moving water away from your home’s foundation.

Gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year or whenever they fill up with debris. Ideally, you have a Leafguard or similar system in place, one that keeps detritus from accumulating inside. But, even with such a system installed, you need to ensure that the gutters are unclogged and are connected to your home’s fascia. Downspouts should be free too — take a hose up with you on the roof and run it until you observe water flowing freely through your gutters and down the spouts.

Safety Tips

Not all roofs can and should be inspected by homeowners. The roof’s pitch and your physical capabilities may prevent you from inspecting it on your own. If you cannot inspect the roof yourself, then hire a roofing company for twice annual inspections.

When examining a roof, you want to place your ladder on level, solid ground. Place the top of the ladder securely against the roof, extending it three feet above it and angling it back by a foot for every four feet in height. Wear work boots with sufficient grip when climbing up ladders and walking around on a roof.

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