Spring is finally here with its beautiful weather and clearing up the mess winter brought with it. When you’re doing your annual yardwork this year, don’t forget about your roof. Ice, snow and hail all carry the potential for serious roof damage that you’ll want to take care of ASAP. It’s the ideal time to have a roof inspection done to be sure everything is looking good, and it’s primetime to whip your roof into tip-top shape.
Prior to having your inspection done, there are some things you can take care of on your own if you’d like. Before we begin, we’d like you to know that we do not advise you to get on your roof if it’s not something you’re familiar with or if you think there could be instabilities up there. Also, be sure someone is nearby anytime you do go on the roof to be sure you’re taken care of if there’s an emergency.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about some ways to prep your roof for spring and summer!
1. Remove The Freeloaders
Branches, twigs, pine needles and leaves all have a tendency to make homes on roofs during the fall and winter. Get those suckers out of there to prevent clogged gutters, otherwise you may end up with expensive roof, interior and foundational damage. You definitely don’t want that.
2. Look Out For Obvious Damage
You can easily do this from the ground. If you see shingles lying in the yard or notice spots where they’ve buckled on the roof, you’ll need to have some repairs done. There may be damaged flashing around chimneys, vents and skylights, as well. Caulking and weatherstripping are terrific for preventing water seepage, so be sure to replace these if you notice damage to them. If notice something that looks unusual, call Install Solutions to come take a look!
3. CheckThe Attic
Not for ghosts and creepy crawlies, just for water damage and leaks. If there’s dripping or standing water, light seeping in or water flowing from the peaks, you’ll want to get a professional to handle that. Also, there could be mold and mildew, which are signs of unwanted moisture in the area.
4. Look At The Gutters
Be sure all gutters and downspouts are secured to the home. Also check for any cracks or erosion in the pipes and clear the gutters of all debris to prevent flooding.
It’s easy enough to repair and replace many of these things, but only if you feel sure of yourself. This includes repairing and replacing the flashing, shingles, tiles and caulk. Or, if you want to be certain everything is done correctly, have Install Solutions come out!
Contact Install Solutions
This can be an intimidating process and if you’re unsure of your abilities, reach out to us for help! We’ve got the skills and knowledge needed to handle all your home exterior needs quickly and efficiently. Let us take care of it for you!