The roof on your home is just as important as the foundation and needs to be inspected in the beginning of summer typically or after a harsh winter.
Home improvement expert Bob Vila – speaks regularly about the risks associated with putting off an annual inspection of your roof. He warns of unwanted structural issues, mold growth and damaged insulation, among other pitfalls, if these inspections are not done regularly.
So when warmer weather returns, take advantage of this and get your roof inspected. It will prevent small problems from becoming bigger ones down the road.
Joel Kite, the owner of a large roofing company in San Antonio gave us a few tips that should be on your Roof Cleaning Checklist:
Check Flashing and Shingles. Particularly if you live in a climate that experiences a lot of snow during the winter, flashing and shingles can suffer damage and may need to be replaced. This damage will result in leaks, if left unfixed, and can get noticeably worse over time. So replace any damage on your own, if possible, or even consider hiring a professional. Just take care of the issue as soon as you can.
Clean the Gutters. Regardless of the climate where you live, keeping your gutters clean from debris will ensure that they perform as they’re supposed to. You need to keep the water running smoothly off of your roof to help prevent any unnecessary damage. This is a fairly easy chore, but one that is absolutely needed on an annual basis.
Trim Nearby Branches. If you have branches from nearby trees that are hanging over your roof, it’s a good idea to trim these in order to prevent scratches and even damage to your roofing materials. This can be done yourself, if you have the necessary tools and don’t mind climbing up on the roof. But you can also hire a professional tree trimmer to come out and do the work for you. This may or may not be an urgent matter, depending on the size and weight of the branches in question.
Inspect Your Attic. Before climbing out onto the roof, you can begin your inspection by paying a visit to your attic. Take a flashlight and do a thorough inspection of the roof from the inside, paying close attention to any stains and/or leaks that may have surfaced over the winter months. If you see any, you know where to look when you do get out on the roof.
Remove Any Mold and Debris. Since you haven’t been outside and active during the winter, chances are pretty good that debris, and maybe even some moss or algae, has found a home on your roof. These can cause damage to your shingles and clog your gutters, so you’ll want to clear them as soon as you possibly can. There are several ways to do this, including using a broom and even some control strips. However you do it, just be sure to address the issue as soon into the spring season as you can.
Schedule an Inspection. It’s always a good idea to have a professional come out and take a look at your roof and conduct a roof inspection. They may find things that you simply are not trained to find. This is the safest way of protecting your roof and home, and one that could certainly prevent large bills in the future.
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