The winter months can be harsh on shingles and the roof on the whole, so as a sensible homeowner, it is crucial to think about your roof’s spring cleaning and inspection. Not only will it make your home look better, it will also extend the roof’s life.
Here we have put together a comprehensive checklist for spring cleaning of your roof. If you follow it, you will be satisfied and your roof will be even ready to endure hot Texas summer months.
Check for broken, blistering or missing shingles
Extreme weather conditions, strong winds, storms, and rain can cause shingles to become damaged or loose. So, it is important to inspect where they may have broken or gone missing. Broken shingles can result in access points for water, which can further lead to leaks and dampness.
Inspect your gutters
One of the most important aspects of a flawless spring cleaning of your roof is to inspect your gutters. After the cold months have passed, your gutters can be clogged full of debris and withering leaves. If they are clogged, they will not be able to do their job. And if the drainage system is not working properly, it can impact your shingles, siding, and other parts of your roof.
Trim the hanging branches
Hanging branches can be one of the biggest threats to your roof and they can threaten the integrity of your roof altogether. It is important to trim them to avoid damage. You certainly do not want any branches laying on the roof— but trim back any that are close as spring is when the trees will begin to grow and extend towards your roofline.
Check for mold or mildew
Mold and mildew are common occurrences on roofs. While inspecting your roof, you should actively look for signs of mold or mildew. If you can identify early, you can fix the issues soon, but if they are left untreated, they will seep into the foundation and cause more problems.
Many of us think summer is the easiest of seasons for roof care as we are not being battered by rain or freezing precipitation. However, summer months come with its own sets of challenges such as scorching heat, pop-up storms; strong winds that can cause damage to even the most durable roofs. The hot and humid weather in Texas is responsible for the growth of mold if you have a leaky roof. And due to improper ventilation, moisture can build up and the heat can also cause the shingles to curl and break. So, you should make sure your gutters are not choked and there is no occurrence of mold and mildew. You should look for loose, broken, curled, or blistered shingles as they will result in hefty roof repairs.
We hope the above tips will help you prepare your roof for the spring and summer season. It is also important to have your roof professionally inspected and arrange for necessary roof repairs.