SPRING TIME! Roof Maintenance Tips

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February 20, 2020

SPRING TIME! Roof Maintenance Tips

Once the weather starts getting warmer, most homeowners are imagining new plants for their gardens, days when they can sit back and relax on their back patio, or dusting off the grill.

Hardly anyone thinks about checking in on their roof.

All winter, your roof has protected you from the cold and wet —and now  it’s time to give your roof a little love. By following these spring roof maintenance tips, you’ll show your roof, your great weather protector, some love, while also preventing some major issues down the line.

 

1. Get a roof inspection

Homeowners should have their roofs professionally inspected at least twice a year — once in the fall to check on any damage the summer sun and storms may have caused, and once in the spring to see if winter weather took its toll on your roof.

Inspecting the condition of your shingles, gutters, and protrusions is important for maintaining good roof health. Once those start to become worn, costly repairs start to build up. If you notice open gaps or loose roof materials during your spring inspection, make sure to call A & P Construction so your roof can get ahead of the damage before summer storms wear them down even more.

2. Keep it clean

When spring comes, rain won’t be the only thing falling on your roof and entering your gutters. Seeds, pods, buds, and petals will most likely be making appearances along with wind, rain, and hail. Cleaning out anything that obstructs your gutters is vital to proper roof health, as buildup can result in damage, forcing water to work its way back up on your roof.

As the weather starts to get warmer, trim back any overgrown trees or bushes that could be crowding the draining of your house. This will keep water away from your foundation. While unclogging your gutters yourself is a practical option, if you notice mold or algae during your spring roof inspection, make sure you call a professional. They have special equipment that can clean your shingles without damaging them, as well as biodegradable cleaning solutions that can help prevent mold growth.

3. Check ventilation

Inadequate ventilation can cause mold, ice damming, and a host of other issues with your roof. While the moisture in your home rises to your attic, if it can get out, it’ll start to build up and condense, causing problems throughout your home.

The Federal Housing Administration recommends at least 1 square-foot of ventilation per 300 square-feet of attic space to properly ventilate your home — a standard most homes don’t actually reach. When you have your roof inspection this year, have the inside of your attic and your vents looked at to guarantee that your house is moving air as it should. Make sure and also check your exhaust and intake vents to be sure they’re free and clear of all leaves, sticks, and seeds.

Is your roof ready for spring?

While following these roof maintenance tips can help you stave off some roofing problems, a bad winter can take a serious toll on your roof and cause irreversible damage. To get the roof replacement process started, contact the roofing experts at A & P Construction at (402) 740-0800 or visit apconstructomaha.com/ for a free quote!

Sam
Sam