Charleston residents are happy to see winter coming to an end, and signs of spring are in the air. Flowers are starting to bloom, temperatures are slowing rising, and winter will soon be behind us. Many homeowners use this transitional time to do some serious spring cleaning and start a new chapter. As you clean and organize, don’t neglect your roof! Here are four spring roof maintenance tips to make sure your roof is in peak condition.
Trim Tree Branches
Take a good look at the trees around your home. Do any of the branches get close to your roof? If so, as they continue to grow in the spring, they could scratch your roof and leave the underlying materials exposed to rain. Constant scratching on your shingles could remove the protective granules and reduce the integrity of your roof. Trim any low hanging branches to protect your roof throughout the spring.
Clean Out Gutters
If you see that your gutters are overflowing with debris, it’s time to have those gutters cleaned out. Cleaning out debris, dirt, and leaves will ensure that during the inevitable spring rain showers, water will drain off of the roof properly. Winter can wreak havoc on your gutters, so make sure they are attached securely to the roof line and allow for quick drainage.
Get Rid Of Roof Debris
You can’t keep every leaf off of your roof, but an abundance of wet leaves could cause issues. Leaves that stay in one place can soak up moisture and cause mildew to form. They can also cause pooling of water, which could back up under your shingles. A pro can use an air blower to remove the pine needles and leaves and take care not to damage the shingles. Leaves on the roof can also put additional and unnecessary weight on the roof.
Comprehensive Roof Inspection
Spring is a great time to have you roof inspected. If you see missing shingles, loose or damaged flashing or damage around the chimney or plumbing vents, you likely need a more thorough inspection. This will give you a good assessment of any damage done by the harsh winter elements and the opportunity to fix them before they turn into something more. These repairs are less costly than replacing the entire roof covering and can help extend the life of your shingles.
Call Homewerx Today
If you notice any of the issues we discussed above or feel you need an inspection, call us at 843-270-2050 or request an inspection from Homewerx for a free, no-obligation springtime checkup. Our expert team will come out to your home when it is convenient for you, perform an extensive inspection of your roof, and work with you to discuss what you can do to improve the quality and longevity of your roof.
Roofs often get overlooked when homeowners start their annual springtime home maintenance, and this can lead to bigger issues throughout the year. Call Homewerx today to schedule an inspection!