Posted on: 31 March 2019
Now that the weather is finally warming up, make sure your roof is ready for spring and summer. These two seasons subject your roof to warm, wet weather; two issues that can cause serious damage. Here are some steps that will help you avoid roof problems.
Start With a Clean Slate
If you want to make sure that your roof is ready for spring and summer, start with a deep cleaning. Your roof attracted a lot of dirt and debris over the winter. You can clean your roof easily with a garden sprayer and some mild detergent. Fill a bucket with warm water and add about 1 cup of liquid detergent—dish detergent works fine. Working in small sections, pour the soap and water solution onto the surface of your shingles, brush off with a broom and then rinse with a hose. You can also use a garden sprayer to apply the soapy water. Once your roof is dry, apply a fresh coat of waterproof sealant to protect against water and sun damage.
Know Your Water Worries
Your roof is exposed to a lot of water. Unfortunately, if it's not prepared for the deluge, your roof can sustain some serious water damage. Before the rainy season arrives, make sure you know the water worries your roof will face.
If you have gutters on your home, they need to be clean, especially during the rainy season. Dirty gutters can fill up quickly. When they do, the water seeps under the lower edge of your shingles, putting your roof at risk for water damage. Clean your gutters before the rains arrive. As an added precaution, clean them out after each wind storm.
The flashings on your roof are another potential water worry, especially if they're loose or damaged. Now that winter is over, take a look at your flashings. If you see signs of damage, have your flashing repaired as soon as possible. Water can get trapped under loose or damaged flashing.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, gaps can lead to leaks, which can lead to water damage. To avoid the potential damage, repair gaps in your shingles as soon as the occur.
Go Heavy on the Inspections
If you're only inspecting your roof once or twice a year, you're missing the opportunity to stay on top of problems. You should actually inspect your roof after each episode of severe weather:
Wind – check for loose or missing shingles
Rain – check for signs of leaks
Hail – check for dents or cracks in your shingles
Heat – check for curled shingle edges
Keep on Top of the Repairs
Your roof is crucial to the protection of your home. A damaged roof puts your home at risk for water damage, as well as pest infestations and other issues. To avoid issues related to roof problems, it's important that you keep on top of the repairs. For more information, reach out to a residential roofing contractor.Share