You’ve heard the old adage about things looking worse before they start looking better, right? As winter turns to spring, that idea could not be truer of your roof.
Roof maintenance isn’t always a pretty process, but it is especially necessary this time of year. After the threats of snow and ice have passed, and all of the dead leaves and limbs have fallen to make room for new growth, you’ll need to clean up the remnants of winter that Mother Nature left behind on your roof.
But where to begin? The answer is here. Right here…
Evaluate from the ground.
Your first maintenance step this spring is a simple one. Walk outside and take a look at your roof from the ground. Here are some of the glaring issues you may see:
- Overflowing or dirty gutters
- Leaves and sticks lying on the roof
- Tree branches hanging too closely to or resting on the roof
- Missing shingles
- Stranded cats (Okay, maybe this one is less likely.)
Visit the attic.
During daylight hours, take a trip up into your attic to ensure that you do not see the sun peeking through any holes or crevices. If sunlight can enter your attic, so can air. Your roof and attic should be airtight so that precious cool air does not escape your home this summer.
Clean your gutters.
Unless your house is located inside an actual bubble, you will need to clean leaves and other debris out of your gutters this spring. You can either tackle this chore by scaling a ladder and clearing them out with your hands, or you can climb on the roof and blow them out with a leaf blower.
If operating heavy equipment like a leaf blower, use only cordless. Gasoline-fueled and battery-powered blowers eliminate the risk of tripping over a cord when you’re two stories or more above the ground.
If you’re ascending a ladder, follow basic safety tips like staying off the top step and having someone at the base of the ladder to support it.
Remove leaves and debris.
The only way to remove leaves and sticks that have collected on your roof over the winter is to actually get on your roof. If you don’t feel safe doing this, do not hesitate to hire someone to do it for you.
If you do feel safe getting on your roof, make sure that you are truly acting safely by following the ladder and leaf blower safety tips mentioned previously.
Schedule an inspection.
Even if you are vigilant about maintaining your roof this spring, it is still important to contact your local roofer to get a professional inspection. Roofers are roofers because they are experienced at noticing things about your roof that you might overlook, and they have the skills needed to repair them.
Skipping a free roof inspection is like skipping your annual physical that’s covered by insurance. When you decide not to check for minor problems early on, you’re basically signing yourself up to deal with more significant (and costly) ones later. Don’t do that. Find a roofer like Joye Roofing of Columbia that offers complimentary roof inspections so that you can jump into spring with complete peace of mind.