Snow may still be piled up, but now is the time to think about getting your roof ready for warmer weather.
It's especially important to examine your roof and gutters once Springtime weather arrives. The experts at DaVinci Roofscapes remind you that harsh winter weather can damage a roof in many ways … and you want your roof in solid shape before Springtime storms begin.
Start inside your home — in the attic. Examine the ceiling and walls carefully in all areas of the attic. Look for water trails, dark spots, leaks or other signs that the roof may not be holding up. Also look for sagging drywall, cracks, mold, mildew and peeling paint — all signs that the roof may have a leak.
On the outside of your home, look carefully at your roof from a good vantage point with a pair of binoculars. If you see a missing or dislocated roof shingles, that needs to get fixed quickly. Then, check your gutters to make sure they're still firmly secured or if ice dam buildup weakened them in any way.
You should also look inside your gutters for granules that may have come off asphalt shingles in the winter. If you find a lot of granules, flush out the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose to remove the debris, and then look again at your roofing tiles to make sure they're still in good shape.
Spring roof maintenance is a good time to call in the professionals. A yearly inspection by a roofing contractor who is trained to look for worn out areas, leaks and problem tiles, is well worth the investment. And, this is especially true if you live in an area prone to strong storms during the upcoming months that could include microbursts, hail, winds and severe rain.
A professional roofer will assess your roof and also look for signs of mold and algae. At the same time he'll be able to look under eaves and overhangs for signs of water damage from leaks and check out your flashing.
For more tips on getting your roof ready for Spring, see Severe Weather Season is Starting… Is Your Roof Ready?