The longer days of springtime are almost upon us. Spring is a time to mow the grass, plant some flowers, and open the windows to let the fresh air in. It is also a time to access the exterior of a home for any damages that need to be addressed. What are some common things to look for when inspecting your roof every spring?
Even though a good solid asphalt roof can last nearly 25 years, it is wise to keep watch for curled, buckled, or broken shingles. These areas of damage can cause water to seep through, moss or mold to grow, or leakage into your home. If you notice damaged shingles, be sure to get them fixed right away before the spring and summer rainstorms cause more complications. An annual inspection is a perfect time to evaluate the edges of your roof to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming year.
Clean the Gutters
Believe it or not, the gutter system plays a vital role in a healthy roof. Be sure to inspect the condition of the gutters when you look at the roof. If there is any debris buildup in the gutter system, this is a perfect time to clean them out and make sure water flows freely. The spring and summer rains will be upon the rooftops soon, and there needs to be a place for all of that water to flow to. Take some time to thoroughly inspect the gutters so they can serve you throughout the upcoming years. (Why gutter guards are important?)
Here are some key points to ask when looking at the gutter system:
- Are the gutters pulling away from the home?
- Are there areas of rust?
- Are the fasteners loose?
- Is the gutter paint chipping?
- Do the gutters need to be cleaned out?
- Is there evidence of plants growing in the gutters?
If you don’t have gutters guards, perhaps it is wise to consider investing in some. Gutter guards are a mesh or screen used to keep large substances out of the gutter system. Small debris and particles can still filter through, but no more pine needles, nests, or piles of leaves.
This next point easily follows the last. Pests. They love gutters! Those little critters are adorable in nature, but certainly not when they raise their families in or on a roofing system! Many small animals come out of hibernation in the spring and are ready for food and creating nests. Look out for evidence of squirrels, mice, ants, raccoons, or birds making their little home on your home.
Many roofing materials contract and expand slightly due to the changes in seasons. Sealants should be inspected to make sure they can withstand another warm season. Sealants surround the rooftop flashing and protecting it from water sneaking and damaging the surfaces underneath. Many times it is hard for the homeowner to determine if the sealants are still strong enough to protect. This is an excellent opportunity to contact a professional who can detect the quality of the sealant.
Damage from Trapped Moisture
Were you able to do a fall inspection last year? Many times, we forget about this one! There may be a pile of old leaves and pine needles nestled in a corner holding in moisture. That is a sign there could be potential damage underneath. The moisture along with added rainstorms may not allow this area of a roof to fully dry out. Make sure to remove the wet, damp areas before the critters find them.
A thorough inspection in the spring will prepare your roof for an enjoyable summer ahead. This is a perfect time to address any issues and make sure all is sound and secure. If you have any questions or concerns about the inspection and evaluation of your roof, please do not hesitate to contact Super Roofers in Birmingham. We believe in being thorough, honest, and complete in our inspections and all work we do. We strive for your complete satisfaction, and to provide excellent workmanship. You deserve the best in roofing. Call Super Roofers!