Spring is just around the corner, which means it is time to make sure your roof is ready for spring rains and summer thunderstorms. The following tips can ensure your roof is ready for the warm season.
1. Schedule an Inspection
Winter can be hard on roofs, which is why spring is the ideal time to schedule a professional inspection to catch winter damage. A roofer will inspect the top surface of the roof for loose, damaged, and missing shingles, as well as the underside of the roof and your attic. An inspection not only helps catch damage early when it can be quickly and inexpensively repaired, but it also helps you plan ahead for future maintenance and replacement needs.
2. Remove Moss and Algae
As the snow melts, the increase in moisture and rising temperatures can lead a bloom of moss and algae on the roof. Moss and algae are mainly unsightly, but moss in particular can cause moisture rot on the roof. Your roofer can remove the moss and algae as well as apply zinc treatments to prevent them from growing back.
3. Tune Up Your Gutters
Gutters are a key component for a healthy roof since blocked gutters can lead to backflow and leaks beneath the shingles. Clean out your gutters each spring and make sure they and the downspouts are draining cleanly. Spring is also a good time to check gutters for leaks and to replace or tighten loose hardware. If your gutters are leaking, it is time to have them replaced with seamless varieties. You may also want to install leaf guards to help prevent gutter blockages.
4. Repair Vents and Caps
Winter storms can knock caps off of vents and chimneys or even cause damage to the vents themselves. Loose or missing caps can lead to animals or debris getting into the vent or chimney, which can cause a whole host of problems. Damaged vents won't be able to work properly, either. Your roofer can repair the vents and caps so that you won't have to deal with issues.
5. Reseal Loose Flashing
Another common issue following winter is loose flashing around chimneys and vents or along roof valleys. Ice can work under flashing and pop seals, or winter winds may lift or warp the flashing. Badly damaged flashing may need to be replaced, while loose flashing will only require resealing.
Contact a residential roofing service for more help when it comes to prepping your roof for spring.