How Do I Spring Clean My Roof?

How Do I Spring Clean My Roof?

 

Now that winter is finally behind us, it’s finally time for spring. With the new season comes the annual spring cleaning, and this time be sure to spring clean your roof as well. The snow and ice that melted off your roof could’ve caused any number of issues, therefore a thorough inspection, deep cleaning, and maybe even some repairs are necessary. Below we’ve left just a few roof maintenance tips to add to your spring cleaning checklist. 

Roof Inspection

Before you can start cleaning anything, you need to give your roof a thorough inspection. For those with a fear of heights, this can be done on the ground with a solid pair of binoculars. What you’re looking for is debris or damages that occurred on your roof or gutter systems. 

Damages to your roof can take the form of holes, blistering, curled/loose shingles, or missing shingles or flashing. However, even the best do-it-yourselfers can overlook certain things. It’s highly recommended to contact a trustworthy roofing contractor for a free inspection.

Cleaning Your Roof and Your Gutters

From this point, you’ll want to remove any and all foreign objects on your roof/gutters. This includes any branches that have fallen, small sticks, pine needles, and other plant matter. In your gutters, you’ll probably find a lot of leaves and other small debris piled up. 

Also, be sure to check the walls and under the eaves of your gutters. If you notice water spots or stains, it could be a sign your gutters aren’t allowing water to flow to the ground. A good addition to preventing such stains and build-up is gutter guards.

Gutter guards are small micromesh pieces of hardware that are installed over your existing gutter system. They allow the passage of water but stop all kinds of small debris from entering the gutter itself. For more information regarding gutter guards, click here.

Trim Surrounding Branches

Trees and their branches get weaker and weaker throughout the years, and winter causes the most damage to them. So once the snow and ice melt, it’s not a bad idea to trim back any branches that are hanging over your home. 

If they were to fall, it could cause any number of problems to your roofing system. The most common problems stemming from fallen branches are damaged shingles, flashing, and roof leaks. 

Inspect Your Attic

Now that you’ve done what you can to the exterior of your home, it’s time to check the interior. From the inside of your attic, check for signs of water damage or daylight intrusion. Pools of water, dripping water, and damp beans are all signs that you could have a leaky roof. 

Another indication of leaks is the presence of mold or mildew. Excessive moisture build-up leads to mold and mildew, and they are most commonly spotted on the rafters, insulation, and underside of the roof. 

Fix and Repair Any Damages You Can

Most minor damages and holes to your roof can thankfully be patched. A little caulking can stop any additional moisture from slipping in between your roofing materials. Be sure that all gutters and downspouts are secured to your home. Replace any missing tiles, shingles, flashing, and caulking. 

Nevertheless, some damages are too severe or are originating from when you had your roof installed. In these instances, you’ll need a professional. So if you’re looking for any gutter repair or roof repair in Dayton, Ohio, we at Van Martin have got you covered.

What Van Martin Can Offer You

For any home improvement project or repairs, contact us at Van Martin! We’ve worked hard to stand out from other roofing companies in Dayton, Ohio, and we can guarantee you’ll be satisfied with our craftsmanship. 

Give us a call at (937) 222-7855, or schedule a free roof evaluation online today!