Springtime Roofing Maintenance Tips
So…how’s your roof doing?
If you’re like many homeowners across the U.S., you might not have any idea what condition your roof is in. That’s not too surprising – most folks don’t want to take the time or risk their health climbing up on a ladder to see. But, if you’re anything like us, you’re not opposed to a little DIY magic from time to time.
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners perform a basic roof checkup during fall and spring seasons. While the NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing company like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction to perform this task, we realize that some homeowners prefer to get this chore done themselves. This is especially true during spring, when the weather warms up, flowers bloom, and being outside is a pleasant experience for most.
Here are a few roofing and gutter maintenance tips to consider this spring if you prefer to go the DIY route.
Check for Signs of Roof Damage
Unfortunately, most roof damage happens before anybody on the ground is even aware. While a professional roofing inspection from Storm Guard Roofing and Construction can solve this problem, you can still keep an eye out for the following signs of damage:
- Buckled, curled, or blistered shingles. If your shingles look like they’re in bad shape, they may be reaching the end of their lifespan.
- Loose material or signs of wear around pipes, chimneys, and other penetrations.
- Signs of water damage to the interior walls and ceilings of your home.
If you notice any of the signs above, it might be time to call in a licensed professional to take a look.
Pro Tip: If you notice any signs of roof damage, try your best to document the damage by taking pictures with your smartphone (as long as it’s safe). If you want your home insurance company to cover some of the damage, you’re going to need proof.
Clean Out Those Gutters
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters since last spring, chances are good that you’ve got debris build up. This clogging hampers the effectiveness of your gutter system. When rainstorms roll around this spring, they may not direct water away from your home and its foundation. This can cause serious structural damage.
Before you hop on a ladder, consider these safety steps first:
- Place your ladder on level, solid ground, preferably when it is dry.
- Make sure your ladder is secured at the top, so it doesn’t slip.
- Extend your ladder a few feet beyond the gutter you are cleaning. Angle it a foot or so away from the house for every four feet in eave height.
Now that your ladder is safe to climb, it’s time to clean.
- Use a gutter scoop, gloved hand, or garden trowel to remove pine needles, leaves, and seeds. Don’t use a hose for this part of the job – it can cause clogs.
- Once major debris is removed, use a garden hose to flush out any residual matter.
- Thread your hose into the drain opening and turn it on “full blast” to clean your downspouts.
Check for Algae or Mold
Moisture tends to collect on your roof during the colder months of the year. This makes it possible for mold or algae to grow on your shingles. If you’re dead set on climbing up on your roof to check for damage, you might as well check for signs of mold or algae while you’re up there. While there are DIY options to clean mold and algae, it’s always best to check with a professional first to make sure there is no significant risk involved.
When Should You Call in the Professionals?
If you see signs of damage to your roof or gutters, it might be time to call in the professionals. With a free estimate from Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Austin TX, you’ll get a better idea of the extent of your home’s damage, so you can make an educated decision about your next move. We’ll go over your options in detail and provide you with a step-by-step plan of how we’ll fix your roof’s damage.
Remember – we’re local, insured, motivated, and ready to help when you need us!