Spring Cleaning for Roofs
Top 5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips
Happy Valentine’s Day week!
Seriously? What could be more boring when love and Spring is in the air than thinking about maintaining your roof?
But as the weather warms up in the South it is critical to start the clearing and cleaning process.
Focus first on cleaning winter debris from the roof, eves, and gutters. Garbage in, garbage out. Failing to remove the garbage from your roof and gutters is almost a guaranteed way to damage your roof. Then begin a cursory examination of your roof.
What are the Top 5 Spring maintenance tips?
- Look for missing, damaged or curling shingles or any other signs of wear and tear. It’s easy and inexpensive to replace one or two shingles. Failure to keep up your roof will make it harder to get your insurance company to pay for a full roof replacement – unless you use a lawyer to help.
- Check for signs of fungus or algae. If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, jump into action. You can also install zinc or lead control strips.
- Inspect metal areas for rust. If it’s present, wire brush the rust, then prime and paint the metal. Pay attention to the edges of the roof where water often runs.
- Examine the flashing to make sure it’s solid. If not, remove all the old caulk and scrub the area clean before re-sealing. This is a more laborious job and may need to be handled by a roofer or other contractor.
- Seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimneys.
Bottom line is to be proactive
If you see any signs of leaking, like dark spots on the ceiling, or mold or dampness in your attic, act immediately. Roof leaks get worse, not better, and it’s better to spend a few dollars on roof maintenance rather than a lot on a big repair.
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