What Spring Cleaning Needs To Be Done With My Roof?

A roof is a crucial part of any home or business. Proper upkeep ensures that it is in good working order and that if there was damage over the winter, the damage is repaired quickly. There are a few things you need to do with your roof in the spring that can set you up for success the rest of the year.

Check for Damage

Shingles are the first line of defense with a roof. They keep the water and weather from penetrating and actually reaching the tar paper underneath. When the singles are bad, they can let water in that can cause extensive damage, leading to water damage inside the home. If shingles are damaged or missing, they need to be replaced.

You should also be looking for wear and tear that might point to the need for replacement or repair. Look for holes, worn-out shingles, and places that seem to be worn where the rest of the roof is not. You can also do checks inside by going into the attic and looking at the roof from the inside. Are there water spots? Do you see places where the roof might have failed, and so on.

You also need to clean out your gutters. Spring is a time when rain is more common; this means that you should be cleaning your gutters to remove dirt, debris and build-up that can cause water to back up and cause more damage to your roof.

Checklist for Your Roof

Taking the time to consider what your roof needs can save you thousands when it comes to potential damage. Here is a checklist of things to look out for:

  • Damaged shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Water spots or holes
  • Soft or spongy spots on the roof
  • Areas that look markedly different from the rest of the roof

If you are ever in doubt and you feel that your roof might need repairs, but you are unsure, you need to take the time to talk with a roofer. A professional can spot issues and help you determine if you need a new roof or not. Most residential shingle roofs last about ten years, sometimes longer if they have not sustained any damage or if there has not been any extra stress added to them.

In many cases, you can get a roofing company to give you a quote on your roof and get them to inspect it to see if there is any damage they think you should be concerned about or if your roof is fine to last another season. Of course, if there are glaring issues like missing shingles or holes, you should get them repaired as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse and ensure that your roof will last and continue to protect your home.

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