- By Richard Turner
- In Roofing
- Tags rj turner roofing, roof maintenance, roof maintenance checklist, roof repair, roof replacement, roofing
During the cooler months, it’s easy to stay inside and let nature take its course. However, just because you might not be spending all your time outside, doesn’t mean you should ignore the needs of your home, especially your roof. That’s why we’ve come up with a five-step roof maintenance checklist that can help prep your roof for springtime, and make sure everything stays in pristine condition.
Your Roof Inspection Checklist for Spring
Just like a grocery or to-do list, your roof inspection checklist should cover all the essentials your roof needs. The last thing you want is unnecessary roof repairs that could have been avoided with the right steps. Instead of spending your time on finances and repairs, go through our checklist first, to make sure you’ve taken all the proper precautions for spring.
Clean Your Gutters
It can be messy work, cleaning your gutters, but it’s an essential step in preserving your roof. Debris such as leaves, sticks, dirt, or trash can collect in your gutters over time, especially in cooler weather. As unattractive as all that debris sounds, that’s not the worst part of full gutters. A collection of heavy debris grows damp over the winter months, with the snow and rain. The built-up moisture can spread under your roof, and compromise your roof deck if left for too long.
Once the moisture enters your roof deck, you can develop water spots in your ceiling or too much dampness within your crawl space. It’s better to avoid that damage and make sure your gutters are cleaned out once the weather starts to warm up.
Trim Back Debris and Tree Limbs
No matter if you have asphalt shingles, or a durable metal roof, debris, and stray limbs can get the better of any structure. If you live in an area that has especially harsh storms, high winds, or encounters severe weather, the last thing you should do is ignore any overhanging limbs that could fall on your house. That’s a one-way ticket to extensive roof damage. Plus, the excessive debris will just fall over your roof and create additional damage or moisture build-up.
Cutting down excessive limbs to stop storm damage is in your best interests, to preserve your roof structure and the quality of your roofing materials.
Make Note of Damage
If you notice missing shingles or water spots in your ceiling, that’s an early sign of a damaged roof. Even though it’s discouraging, ignoring roof damage is even worse, so it’s best not to delay. Go around your home once it starts warming up and make notes of any unusual damages that you find. See what the extent of the repairs would be, and contact roofing professionals to make sure your home stays safe.
Check Your Chimney
Your chimney isn’t just a place that blows out smoke – it’s a fundamental part of your roof. If there are loose materials, debris, or other objects caught within your chimney, it could contribute to structural damage that causes greater long term effects.
Also, it’s a good idea to see if there are any cracks along the sides of your chimney. Because it’s such a dense structure, it might seem durable, but it’s just as susceptible to damage as your roof. The last thing you want is a compromised roof, just because you didn’t see cracks around your chimney.
Schedule an Inspection
Sometimes, we just need another set of eyes looking at our home. While you might be aware of damage risks and know what to look for when warmer weather picks up, it’s a good idea to schedule a roof inspection every one to two years. A roofing expert, like the roofers at RJ Turner, knows the difference in levels of damage and will be able to consult you accordingly, so you can know whether or not it’s time to repair or replace your roof.
Once spring has sprung, you might be unsure if it’s time to replace your roof. Instead of wondering, let us take away the guesswork for you. Check out our blog post When is it Time to Replace My Roof and How Much Will it Cost to Replace My Roof when you decide it’s time for a roofing upgrade.