Spring officially rings in next week and there’s so much to do! Before you go on spring break, as a homeowner, you have to look around and take note of what needs to be done. Spring cleaning is a must, but homeowners should also take a closer look at their roofs.
Although your roof may look fine to you, it could be experiencing some serious issues on the inside. Yes, the work should always be left to the professionals, but by being able to catch the signs, you can avoid serious damage later on.
What exactly can you do to keep your roof in good shape this spring? We’ve got some tips that will surely help!
Take a Quick Inspection
You never know what might be going on up on your roof until you take a step back or go up there for yourself. Some damage is obvious, other levels of damage require a closer look. The point is, you should make the time to give your roof a quick rundown of how it’s doing and where the quality of your roof stands.
Be Aware of Flashings
Flashings are metal materials implemented in the roofing to prevent moisture from seeping into your home. They also prevent leakage or water damage from occurring in your chimney or air vents. You want to make sure that your flashings are in the best condition. If they are not, then it could result in water leakage, whether it be through the smallest cracks or bends in your roof shingles.
Watch Out for Tree Limbs
If you have trees hovering over your roof, it is your duty, as a homeowner, to be extra aware of your roof. If your tree is rather large, you should take the time to trim the limbs that way they don’t fall on your roof. In extreme weather conditions, having a tree can be dangerous. With fewer limbs, your roof faces less risk.
Clean the Gutter
The gutters can be rather susceptible to damage, especially if there is always some kind of moisture running down them. And where there’s moisture, it’s easier for debris to get caught in the gutters, causing clogs and clutter. The more that you allow debris to clog your gutters, the more susceptible they are to bursting when rainwater travels down. With the spring rains coming through, this is something you want to avoid!
Check for Moss, Mold, or Algae
Wherever there is plant life, there is moss and algae, and possibly mold. If you have plant life growing through the shingles or your gutter, this is a bad sign. This means that mold and algae are growing. The more they grow, the more that they clutter your gutter, and they can possibly break your shingles. As soon as you spot these signs, it is best to call a professional to discuss solutions.
Examine the Soffit or Fascia
Soffits, similar to flashings, are metal panels. They can also be made out of wood. These panels are attached along the lining of the roofing on every home. Soffits are important components to the lifespan and quality of your roof. If you find any holes, soft spots, or damaged parts, this is a sign that it needs to be replaced or repaired.
Look for Water and Ice Damage
Although the storm doesn’t last forever, water damage can linger, especially on your roof, where all the rain makes contact with your home. Damage from water and ice is often seen on the shingles themselves. If you find any discoloration or white smudges, this is a sign that your shingles have weakened and will eventually need a replacement. Better to replace your shingles now than allow them to get worse.
Scan Sagging or Weak Points in Your Roof
Sometimes, it’s not always an issue of discoloration. It could be the structure of your roof and how well it’s holding up. If you’ve seen dips in your roof or sags, this too is a very bad sign. There is no benefit in holding off on repairing this kind of roof. It’s only a matter of time before your roof completely falls apart and deteriorates. If this is the case, call a professional to get started on roof replacement immediately.
Call AAAA Contractors Today to Repair Your Roof!
Whatever kind of damage your roof might be facing, our professionals can provide the necessary roof repairs. There is no job too small or too big for AAAA Contractors! Contact us today to learn more about what our services entail.