Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements and can show wear-and-tear without you ever realizing it. That’s why it is crucial for you to have your roof inspected and have routine maintenance performed at least every six months, ideally before snow hits and after the last traces have melted away. Below are some key things you should be checking in order to keep your roof in top shape.
Clean & Stable Gutters
Inspecting your gutters can be a challenging task. It’s important to make sure you have a ladder that is stable and level on the ground, without fall hazards. Ideally, your ladder will be secured to your roof in order to prevent it from falling. Have someone around to spot you as you climb the ladder just in case.
As winter subsides and spring commences, your gutters may still be clogged with leaves, branches and other debris left over from last season. Clogged gutters prevent proper drainage, leading to unnecessary leaks and damage throughout eaves of your home; creating issues from foundation to attic. When you go to clean your gutters, make sure you are wearing gloves to protect your hands from sharp debris and bird mess bacteria. Hose water can be used to clean out your downspouts in order to make sure your system is properly draining. Check your gutters for granules from your shingles. If it appears that many of your granules were removed throughout the season, you may need to have your roof inspected for repairs or replacement.
Checking Your Roof for Damage
Roof damage may not immediately be visible from the ground. As you get closer to the shingles, you may notice apparent damage that will need to be addressed, from buckled and curled shingles to missing granules. Loose shingles left over from months of wind damage will need to be replaced quickly to keep your home protected from wind, water, and critter infestations. If you begin to notice damage across your roof, you will need to schedule an appointment with a professional roofing company to determine the extent of the issue and the best course of action.