Spring is quickly approaching and it’s time to prepare your roof and gutters. Ice and snow can damage any roofing structure which may require an inspection and possibly repairs. You can do your own roof inspection by using binoculars from the ground. If you choose to climb on your roof for a visual inspection or to remove debris such as branches or leaves, be sure to have another person on hand. If you are uncomfortable getting on your roof, or your insurance policy forbids it, call Texan Roofing Pros for an inspection. Even if you do inspect your roof yourself, we highly recommend hiring an expert as well.
There are several steps to preparing your roof and gutters for spring.
The first thing you should do to prepare your roof and gutters is to remove any debris. Leaves, sticks, pine-needles and other plant matter can clog ventilation stacks and gutters, not allowing for proper ventilation or drainage. This can also cause water damage and/or lead to excessive moisture buildup in the attic.
Identify and note any damaged or missing shingles. If shingles appear smooth or bucking should be replaced. Damaged flashing that is torn or missing requires immediate attention. Failure to repair can allow water to enter places it shouldn’t be able to reach. Ventilation stacks allow the top part of your house to “breathe” by helping your attic shed moisture. If these have damage you should fix them as soon as possible. Be sure to also inspect the caulking and weatherstrips on your roof. These protect your underlying material and interior part of your home from moisture. A fresh application of weather-proof, silicone caulk should replace any loose or rotten caulking that you find.
It is also advantageous to inspect your roof from your attic or crawlspace. Look for daylight intrusion or signs of water. Identify leaks by dripping water, patches of standing water or damp beams. If you find any sort of water or water damage, be sure to check along the roof’s peaks for leaks, as water runs downhill. Excessive moisture buildup can lead to mold, so be sure to be on the lookout for that throughout your home.
Another step to preparing your roof and gutters for spring is to check all gutters and downspouts and ensure they are firmly attached. Winter weather can be too heavy for some gutters and can pull their anchors loose. Repair or replace any missing shingles, flashing or caulking. The earlier damage is fixed the better. This will provide peace of mind knowing your home will stay safe and dry during spring weather.
If you do find damage, Texan Roofing Pros recommends a full inspection by a professional. Maintaining your roof and gutters with basic spring maintenance will extend the life of your products and can save you money in the long run. Still have questions or need roof maintenance? Contact Texan Roofing Pros today and let us give you a FREE inspection and estimate! We proudly serve the San Antonio, Austin and Rio Grande Valley areas.