After a long cold winter, it is time to prepare both your roof and gutters for the rainy season. Spring brings a lot of water, and if the snow and ice from winter have damaged your roof, this could lead to leaks and further damage. Inspecting your roof doesn’t mean you have to walk the roof. Binoculars are a great option for inspecting your roof without climbing a ladder. If you choose to climb onto the roof you should have someone on hand to help you with the ladder. While on the roof you can remove any debris on your roof like branches and leaves. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing onto your roof, a Denver roofing company can do the cleanup and inspection for you.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS SPRING
The first step in preparing for spring is to remove and debris form your roof and gutters. During the winter leaves can collect in your gutters and on your roof. These leaves, pine needles and sticks can cause water damage and moisture build up in the attic. Check your gutters and the ventilation stacks for clogs or blockages.
Next, you will need to check for any damage. Look for missing or damages shingles. If the shingles are smooth or buckling they will likely need to be replaced. Flashing that is torn or missing will also need to be replaced. Rainwater can penetrate through many of these areas and cause a lot of damage to your attic and home. The ventilation stacks in the attic serve as a way for your attic to breathe. Fixing these ventilation stacks if they have been damaged is very important for the integrity of your home. Weatherstripping and caulking is also an important element to inspect on your roof. If it loose or rotting it will need to be replaced to keep excess moisture from entering your home.
Third, you will want to enter your attic and inspect it for water instruction and holes. If your beams are wet or there are puddles in your attic you will need to have your roof professionally inspected immediately. Water flows downwards so look up the pitch of the roof if you cannot find source of the water. If there is mold you will want to treat that quickly to keep it from spreading.
Finally inspect the gutters to ensure they are firmly attached to your home. The anchors can be pulled loose by ice and snow. If there are holes in the gutters you will want to have these replaced. Gutters are an important part of your home and are designed to protect your home from water intrusion. By guiding the water away from the base of your home you will protect your crawlspace and foundation from water and potential damage.
WHEN TO CALL A DENVER ROOFING CONTRACTOR
Caring for your roof is an important part of caring for your home. Spring maintenance is a great way to prevent small problems from becoming larger issues. We recommend calling a professional to inspect the roof if you cannot access it easily to ensure your home is water tight and functioning as it should be. Even more importantly, we recommend calling a roofer in Denver if you find any damages, including missing shingles or structural damage.