Here is a short list of things you should do for your roof in the spring.
Have an Inspection
Look for damaged shingles/tiles, curling at the edges, cracking or sagging areas. You should have a regular professional roof inspection either in the fall or in the spring.
Clean the Gutters
If your gutters are still in good shape, then have any debris cleaned out. Your gutters have likely accumulated their fair share of leaves, small branches, granules and often toys. Clearing them out will ensure that the water properly drains and doesn’t spill over the edge. The weight of granules can cause your gutters to sag and pull away from the fascia.
Seal the Flashings
Roofs have plumbing and exhaust vent flashings along with flashings around all roof penetrations. These flashing must be re-sealed regularly to ensure a water-tight seal.
Check the chimney for any broken and missing pieces and make sure the flashing is intact. Loose or separated flashing allows water and debris to seep through to the attic.
If you have nearby trees, then chances are that you have parts of those tree on your roof. If those pieces are small, then you may only need to clean them off, but larger pieces may require professional removal. Keep branches trimmed back from hanging over the roof.
Check for Mold and Algae
Small amounts of mold and algae around the edges of your roof or on the fascia are generally not a problem. However, make sure that it doesn’t spread or cause damage to any wood parts.
Repair Missing Shingles and Fascia
These parts are your roof’s first defense against rain and wind. Also check for water stains under your eaves. If you wait too long to fix them, your roof could develop leaks, wood rot and weak areas.
While you can make many repairs yourself, do not put yourself at risk if you are not accustomed to this type of work. A professional roofer can pick out potential trouble spots that most people may miss and has the experience and tools to make repairs.
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