Spring has long been associated with cleaning thanks to its warmer weather and longer days. For people who live in apartments, spring cleaning might mean getting rid of all the stuff you hoarded over the year or having your carpets professionally shampooed. But if you own a house, spring cleaning is a project that includes more than just cleaning air vents and deep-cleaning hardwood floors; you shouldn’t forget to add your roof to your list.
Here is a checklist to follow to ensure your roof gets the attention it deserves:
Clean the Gutters
Twigs, leaves, dirt, and other debris can clog your gutters in the fall. And if you didn’t winterize your home by removing them, snow and rain could have worsened clogs. And now that it’s spring, there’s no more excuse to leave your gutters clogged. Clogged drains can ultimately lead to foundation damage and roof leaks.
To clean your gutters, call on a professional to take a look and remove any debris. They will run a hose through your gutters and down the downspout and let the water flush out any leftover debris.
Trim Nearby Branches
Trees are excellent for shade, shielding your home from direct sunlight. However, you should watch out for tree branches that get too long and end up scratching up against your roof. And if you aren’t sure of the health of the tree, particularly its branches, a fallen tree branch could potentially damage your roof.
Wash Away Dirt, Grime, and Growth
Dirt, grime, bird droppings, moss, and mildew can all compromise roofing material. They’re also unsightly. To ensure that the debris doesn’t end up weakening the integrity of your roof, have your roof cleaned thoroughly. Make sure the right cleaning agent for your roofing material is used. Stay away from pure bleach which can strip away color and damage roofing materials. Whatever cleaning solution is used, make sure it’s diluted in plenty of water.
You may want to skip a pressure cleaner that could damage roofing shingles; a garden sprayer or hose will make do in most cases. Roofing materials such as rubber mean minimal cleaning.
Look for Gaps and Signs of Damage
Depending on how harsh winters are, the weather can give your roof quite the beating. Look out for any loose shingles. Ensure the flashing isn’t tearing away from the roof. If you have a wood roof, you have to be extra observant. Wood is prone to rotting and water damage. You might also want to check your attic for any small sawdust piles which could mean there’s a termite infestation. Asphalt is another material you should pay close attention to; an especially severe winter could cause asphalt roofing to get hard and crack.
Spring is the perfect time to ensure your roof is still in good condition or gets the repair it needs. Annual maintenance certainly pays off because you’re taking preventive measures to protect your home. At 1-800 HANSONS, we know all about roofs. In fact, our rubber roof shingles are particularly resistant to staining and algae growth, making cleaning them every spring a breeze.
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