Your roof survived the winter, but it’s still important to maintain it and look for issues. Inspecting your roof this spring as part of your seasonal home improvement to-do list will prolong the life of your investment. Preventative checks keep this essential element of your house in good shape, saving you from costly repair or replacement bills.
How to Get Your Roof Ready for Spring
1. Check & Clean the Gutters
Clear your gutters of leaves, twigs, animal nests, and any other debris that accumulated over winter. Gutters require cleaning every spring and fall or even more often if you live in a heavily wooded area. This prevents rainwater from backing up under the roof shingles rather than flowing away from your home. Also, use this home improvement task to check for rust, as gutters that had ice or snow in them for weeks at a time may have corroded.
2. Look for Signs of Damage
Observe your roof for obvious signs of winter storm damage, such as buckled and blistered shingles, broken shingles, missing shingles, and unsealed flashing. If your roof is nearing the 20-year mark, consider replacing it if the damage is severe. Look for shingle bits around the perimeter of your home, as well as granules in your gutters. Both indicate that it may be time for a roof replacement.
3. Trim Back Tree Branches
Trim tree branches that are rubbing against or hanging over your roof. Branches that make contact with roof shingles will grate against them, resulting in premature damages. They also provide walkways for insects and animals and can severely damage your roof during thunderstorms. A heavy tree branch that falls on your roof during a storm can cause severe depressions, holes, and leaks.
If you need help maintaining your roof this spring, contact Minnehan Design Build. This residential and commercial construction company uses only the highest quality materials to provide clients throughout Monroe County, NY, with the results they want. Call this home improvement company at (585) 223-9444 to speak to a member of their team. Visit their Facebook page for more home improvement updates.