Spring Cleaning for Your Roof
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With spring and summer on the way – it’s time to take care of your roof.
The first day of spring has come and gone, and spring bulbs are starting to peek up through the leaves that didn’t meet the rake last fall. It’s almost time to let some fresh air into the house and start on the spring cleaning. While you’re at it, how about spring cleaning your roof?
Adding your roof to your yearly spring-cleaning list is a smart habit that can help save you future repair costs or a full roof replacement. Finding problems before they become serious is the goal. Here are 9 spring cleaning tips for your roof:
Wear and tear
Look at the overall condition of the roof to check for problem areas like loose or rusted gutters, or sagging.
Winter weather can deposit leaves, twigs, and dirt on your roof. Not to mention what the birds and squirrels may be leaving on it. A gentle cleaning with a garden hose should remove most dirt and debris.
Check your entire roof for shingle problems like curling, blistering, buckling, or stains. Shingle problems are generally related to poor ventilation or to moisture issues. Letting shingle issues go can lead to larger, more expensive problems. Any missing shingles should be replaced immediately to protect your roof from water.
Inspect the flashing and chimney
If winter weather pushed the flashing away from the chimney or roof, there may be new, small holes where water or bugs can access your roof.
Look for mold
Mold and mildew need to be stopped before they get into the foundation or spread into the home, where they can cause serious health problems. Mold and mildew are best treated by professionals.
Clean out any debris that collected in the gutters over the winter, taking extra care to unclog downspouts. Make sure there are no holes or loose spots that may be missing fasteners. Water should be successfully routed away from your foundation.
Check the trees surrounding your house. Any hanging or overgrown branches or vegetation can be potential sources of future damage. Trim tree branches and cut back vegetation before leaves have fully unfurled.
Check the inside
What does your roof look like from the often-overlooked inside? Check your attic for water damage, mold, sagging, odors, and holes.
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If you’re not comfortable inspecting your roof, or if you’d like an expert opinion, call us today for an inspection and expert advice. We’ll make sure your roof is ready for summer and help you check a few items off your to-do list.
If spring cleaning isn’t enough and you need a new roof this spring, turn to the best roofing contractors in Ann Arbor. Contact us or call us at 734-662-3300 for a free guaranteed estimate.