Tips for preparing your home for spring

Spring is a crucial time for your roof for two major reasons. First, your roof has just endured its hardest season, winter, and is likely to have developed some problems. Second, the spring is typically the wettest season which exacerbates problems that developed during the winter. So now that winter is behind us and spring is getting started, here are some tips for getting your roof ready.

Inspect your roof

You should inspect your roof every year at the beginning of spring to see how it’s held up during the winter. You should look for obvious signs of damage like cracked, curling, or missing shingles. You should also keep an eye out for any dark spots on your roof which can indicate mold or mildew is growing on your roof. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your roof inspected by a professional, now is a good time to have that done. Most roofers offer a free roof inspection. The advantage to having an inspection done by a professional is that a roofer can look for less obvious signs of damage and they have the proper equipment and training to get on the roof safely to take a closer look. If you or a roofer does spot any problems, take care of them immediately.

Clean and repair rain gutters

When you are inspecting your roof, you should also check the rain gutters. If they’ve become clogged with leaves and other debris, or if they’ve begun to rust or pull away from your roof, you’ll want to take care of the problem immediately. If your rain gutters are clogged, water can get backed up on your roof and damage your shingles or it can spill over and damage your home’s fascia and foundation. If you want to tackle the issue on your own, work from a ladder to clear the debris from your rain gutters. If you’re not comfortable with doing this work yourself, hire a rain gutter cleaning service to do it for you. If your rain gutters are severely damaged, consider replacing them completely.

Watch for leaks

Finally and most importantly, it’s important to watch for leaks. They are most likely to show up in your attic space first so head up there with a flashlight and look closely for signs of water damage. Also keep an eye out for signs of water damage inside your home as well. If you spot anything troubling, call out a roofer as soon as possible to get it taken care of.

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Source: HBA: Ten tips to prepare your home for spring after a severe winter