Roof Maintenance: Spring-Cleaning And Inspection Tips

As the snow begins to melt, now would be a good time to focus on roof cleaning and maintenance. The winter months are usually very destructive to your roof, with storms and high winds damaging shingles and ice dams threatening to tear your gutters down. It is, therefore, crucial that you call in a roofing contractor to inspect the roof and fix any damage sustained during the cold months.  

Furthermore, you can perform the following spring-cleaning tips to help prolong the life of your roof and potentially save money on costly repairs.

Cut back trees branches

Tree limbs that dangle close to the roof can cause extensive damage to the structure. Overhanging branches can dent gutters and scrape over the roof surface, damaging protective pellets on the shingles that shield the roof from sunlight and moisture damage.

Tree limbs can also allow pests and insects to access the roof and cause damage to shingles. Furthermore, tall branches can block out the sun, causing the roof surface to remain damp and vulnerable to moss growth. Trimming any branches near the roof during spring can help prevent all such issues.

Clear leaves and other debris

Leaves, twigs and pine needles that have accumulated on the roof throughout winter should be removed from the roof come spring, as they hold moisture which can prompt moss growth, harbor insects or even cause water to pool on the shingles. Such debris is also dangerous, as it adds to the weight of the roof and weakens the integrity of the structure. A rake or an air blower can be effective at removing such clutter off the roof.

Next, check the gutters for accumulated leaves and dirt. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on the roof or dump rainwater right next to your foundation, causing your basement to flood. Use a garden spade to scrape off any debris and then rinse the gutter pipes with a garden hose.

Check for roof damage

Your roof has probably gone through numerous storms and snowfalls during winter, conditions that can damage flashing, crack shingles and dent gutters.

Begin your inspection by looking for missing flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights and bends in the roof. Have loose or rusted flashing replaced and sealant applied around protruding structures to keep the roof watertight.  Finally, inspect the gutters for loose or missing nails that could cause the structures to hang loosely along the roof line.  

Don't let the harsh winter weather degrade your roof. Taking the above steps can allow your roof to stand strong through the rest of the year, and for many more years to come. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from US Roofing.