Spring is coming! Is your home ready for the sun and rain? What about your roof?
During winter, your roof is exposed to many risks. Lots of snow, wind, and ice dams can seriously damage your roofing system. And now that the snow has melted and warmer days are before us, it is important to ensure that your roof is fully functioning.
Our team at South Shore Roofing can help you take care of your roof and prepare for the sometimes unpredictable spring weather.
Read on and discover five essential tips to prepare your roof for spring.
1. Roof and Gutters Inspection
After the winter, your roof must be carefully checked for damage and vulnerable areas that could potentially get damaged in the near future. Any minor problems should be repaired immediately, as they may become larger with the onset of spring rain. You definitely don’t want to suddenly have a puddle inside your home.
It’s also necessary to check and clean all the gutters. If they aren’t in the best condition or are dirty with debris, they won’t be able to drain the snow that’s still melting or the coming rain, leading to further damage and problems with leaks. Inspect your gutters and clean them up.
2. Check and Repair Your Shingles
A large amount of snow can easily damage any roof and leaks and many other problems can occur. The snow melts with the arrival of warmer weather, and if you have damaged shingles, you might start seeing wet stains and leaks on your ceiling.
Regardless of whether you spot something like this or not, make sure to check your shingles just in case. Call a roofer to inspect them for any damages, repair them if necessary, and prevent any leaks that spring rainfalls may cause.
3. Check Your Roof’s Ventilation
With the days getting warmer, you should also make sure that your roof is properly ventilated to prevent warm air from accumulating in your attic. The warm air will heat up the whole house, the temperature inside can become uncomfortable, and your roof might malfunction as well.
If you are not sure if the ventilation in your attic is as it should be or you don’t know how to check it for possible damages, hire a local roofing contractor who will take care of your home professionally.
4. Clean Your Roof
After the roof has been checked for possible damage, it’s also very important to check that the roof, just like the gutters, is clean of debris, moss, algae, and all other things that shouldn’t be up there, but that may have accumulated during winter.
Spring is also a time when animals like to make nests wherever they find free and adequate space. Sometimes, that space can be your roof or chimney. So, make sure to clean up any nests before animals start laying eggs there or cause damages by burrowing, chewing, or digging through the roof.
5. Check the Interior of Your Home
Interior wall or ceiling damage can very often be the sign of exterior damage to your home, i.e. a leaky or damaged roof. Therefore, if you notice any water damage, dark spots, or mold on your walls and ceiling, make sure to call a roofer to check your roof for leaks – and fix them as soon as possible.
Inspecting your roof after winter and preparing it for spring will give you great peace of mind knowing that you’re fully protected from potential risks of spring rains, hail, or sun.
So, don’t wait too long, but call your best local residential roofing expert, and we’ll be happy to thoroughly inspect and repair your roof or answer any of your questions.