During the spring months, heavy periods of rain can cause leaks to spring if your roof is already in rough shape. Unfortunately, winter can be brutal on your roof, meaning it may not be ready to deal with the moisture that will soon be falling on it. Taking the time to prepare your roof for spring can help to decrease the chances of roofing problems related to spring. Here are a few ways to get your residential roof ready for spring.
Inspect and Clean the Gutters
During the winter months, your gutters may freeze over or snow can sit in the trough, weighing them down. Both of these things can cause the trough to become misshapen, bent or to loosen at the seams. Before the spring months hit, take the time to inspect your gutters for damage. If damage is noticed, either a gutter or a roofing professional can repair or replace the gutters. And while you are inspecting your gutters, be sure to clean them out so water that falls of your roof can flow through the trough easily.
Have a Roof Inspection Done
Another important thing that needs to be done before spring rain begins to fall is a roof inspection. During a roof inspection, a roofer will examine your roof for signs of damage. Cold temperatures, ice and snow can cause shingles to shrink or curl, tiles to crack and metal to rust. If this damage is left unattended to, water may be able to seep through the damage roofing material and into your home. An inspection should be done so a roofer can repair the damage and prevent leaks.
Trim Back Trees Near Your Roof
The last thing you need to do to prepare your roof for the spring is to trim back trees that grow near your roof. During the springs months, your trees will begin to grow. If the trees are near the roof, they can grow over the roof. If they do, the branches can damage your roofing materials as they sit on the roof or sweep back and forth when it is windy. This shortens the lifespan of your roofing materials. Trimming trees back helps to prevent this issue.
Taking the time to prepare your roof for spring helps to ensure that your roof functions as it should and decreases the chances of a leak developing. Prior to spring, you should inspect and clean the gutters, have a roof inspection done and trim back all of your trees that grow near your roof. While it may be cold out, now is the perfect time to schedule your roof inspection. A roofing contractor can inspect your roof and then make any repairs that are needed before spring showers begin.Share
24 December 2017
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