Spring is finally here, which means many wonderful things: the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is finally out. Spring is a time for renewal. You’re probably feeling more like yourself, are eager to spend more time outdoors, and may be planning your next great adventure for this summer. Not to mention, you have to get your spring cleaning checklist in order so you can start the season fresh.
When you’re putting together that list, don’t forget about your roof! If you’re like most people, you haven’t given much thought to it. However, your roof needs your attention, especially after the tough winter months. Make sure you don’t neglect these important roofing maintenance tips with the warmer weather.
Clean Your Gutters
After a long winter, one of the first things you should do it clean out your gutters. At this point, this crucial part of your roof is filled with withering leaves and other debris. Even if you had your gutters cleaned out this fall, they are probably full after the winter season. If your gutters are clogged, they aren’t able to function correctly. If your gutters don’t work, you are leaving your shingles, siding, soffits, and other parts of your roof vulnerable to damage. Therefore, cleaning your gutters every season is an important part of maintaining your roof.
We recommend that you leave the spring cleaning of your gutters to the professionals. While cleaning out gutters can be completed by homeowners themselves, depending on the state of your gutters, it can be a laborious task that requires special tools and insight into the roofing system. If you need your gutters cleaned in Nashville, we would be happy to help!
Inspect Your Shingles
Your shingles play an important, protective role for your roof. While not all buildings use shingles, the majority of residential homes do. When you’re spring cleaning your roof, you will want to focus mostly on inspecting the shingles of your roof. Try your best to do this from the ground, as getting on your roof is dangerous and is not advised. If you need help with a spring roof inspection, give us a call!
In the meantime, if you want to check your roof for damage, here are some shingle problems to watch out for:
- Missing shingles. If any shingles are missing, it’s important to replace them promptly. Missing shingles can leave your roof vulnerable to damage.
- Curling shingles. If your shingles appear to be curling, this often indicates that they weren’t properly installed. You want to get these fixed ASAP to prevent damage to your home.
- Buckling shingles. If you notice buckling shingles on your roof, it’s imperative that you contact a roofing contractor immediately. These can cause serious damage to the infrastructure of your roof.
- Blistering shingles. If your shingles are blistering, this indicates that moisture has become trapped inside. If no action is taken, this shingle can burst and cause more damage.
- Stained shingles. Finally, you want to observe for any stained shingles on your roof. This indicates a leak in the ventilation system. This warrants special attention by a professional.
Look for Mold
In addition, you will want to look for signs of mold or mildew. Early intervention is key. If you catch it early enough, it can be a simple fix that doesn’t cause any issues. As this issue escalates, however, it can cause a major problem with your roof by seeping into the foundation. If the mold is covering a large area, you will need a professional to thoroughly inspect your roof. Don’t take any chances — mold left unaddressed can have major health consequences for you and your family.
Trim Tree Branches
An oft-forgotten threat to your roof is tree branches. If you have trees with branches hanging over your roof, all that stands between your roof and devastating damage is one violent spring rainstorm. You can prevent this damage by being diligent about having your trees trimmed. As an added benefit, your gutters will be cleaner without the clutter of leaves. Again, this is a job best left to professionals.
Check Out Your Ceiling
When you’re considering your roof this spring, don’t forget to check out your ceiling for damage as well. Go to your attic to check for water damage traveling from your roof inside the home. Also make sure to check to see if light is filtering in through the roof, as this indicates there is a hole that needs to be patched ASAP. If you don’t see anything but you smell mildew, it’s time to call professionals — don’t ignore this crucial sign.
At Sparks Roofing, we would be delighted to help you this spring, regardless of your specific roof needs. When you’re looking for roofing experts in Nashville, contact us for a free consultation!