Spring is in the air! If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably dreaming of how you’ll update your patio, choosing the perfect flowers and plants for your garden, or dusting off your grill. You may have even gotten a head start on your spring cleaning. All of these tasks are important, but there may be one very crucial part of your home that you’re forgetting: your roof.
Your wintertime protector, which shielded you from those mean snow and ice storms we experienced this year, may be in need of some serious TLC. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can take to keep your roof in good working order and avoid costly repairs down the road. Read about them below!
Check Out the Shingles
Take some time to inspect your shingles and see if any are damaged or missing. If you find that some are worn, damaged, or missing, don’t wait. Replace them yourself if you know how, or call in an expert. Replacing shingles is simple and inexpensive – replacing roofs, not so much.
Clean the Gutters
You might think of this as more of a fall task, but it’s just as important in the spring. The harsh winter winds have probably blown a large number of leaves and debris into your gutters, which may eventually cause clogging and dams. Grab your trusty ladder and a pair of gloves and get to work. Clean gutters help divert rainfall away from your home and keep your roof happy and healthy.
Does your roof have any metallic parts? If so, now is the time to check them for any corrosion or rust. Should you see any rust, simply take a wire brush and remove the rust yourself. Finish it up by priming and painting the metal area to extend its lifetime.
Trim Those Tree Branches
Have you noticed any of your trees’ branches beginning to loom over the roof? If you have any branches that are hanging too closely to your roof, they will need to be trimmed. All it takes is one strong springtime storm to knock a large, dead branch onto your roof to cause significant damage!
Call in the Experts
There’s plenty that you can do yourself to keep your roof in proper working order, but it’s also wise to call in a professional to inspect your roof annually. An expert can inspect your roof’s shingles, gutters, flashing, and more to ensure that all is working as it should. Don’t forget to make an appointment today before summer arrives!
The tough winter we experienced this year might have really taken a toll on your roof. By following these easy steps, though, you can help prevent major roofing issues and properly prepare the protector of your home for spring and summer!