Timely maintenance extends the life of your roof and saves on expensive repairs. Spring is a great time to clean up your roof and ensure you've done everything possible to be ready for the storm season.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends two roof inspections each year, by a licensed roofing professional, to avoid premature roof failure. If you would like to have a professional inspection contact Selz Contracting for an expert evaluation using state of the art equipment.
To clean up and maintain your roof follow this checklist as a guide for the most important aspects.
Clean Out The Gutters
Rain gutters perform an important function by collecting storm water that lands on the roof and directing it away from the house. This prevents the pooling of water, soil erosion, and even foundation damage. If you do not have gutters, you might consider installing them. If you want to inquire about installation, contact Selz Contracting.
Clogged gutters can prevent rain from exiting properly and result in water seepage and leaks. In addition, clogged gutters can be heavy and cause them to pull away from the roof.
To clean out your gutters, you'll need a ladder, a bucket, and something to scoop up any debris. After large debris is removed, use a water hose to wash it out. Check the seams of your gutters as you go along to ensure the gutters are firmly held together. Finally, check that the downspouts are positioned properly so that run-off water is moving away from the home.
Prune Trees Near the Roof
Layers of asphalt and gravel can be stripped off when the branches of your trees scrape against the shingles of your roof on windy days. Further, falling leaves cause clogs in your gutters. Spring is a good time to make sure there are no branches that are near your roof or may damage the roof if there are strong winds. For large trees, you should consider calling in a professional tree trimmer. For smaller trees and small branches trim back so that even in high winds, they will not scrape he roof and cause damage.
Inspect the Roof
Binoculars can be used to inspect your roof safely from the ground if you do not want to climb onto the roof itself. Be on the lookout for:
missing, loose, or cracked shingles
shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering
cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes
missing or damaged fashing
rust on fashing
damage to the chimney
Inspect Inside the Home and Attic
Check the ceilings and walls on the top floor of your home for signs of moisture damage. If you do have ceiling stains, you can easily cover up small spots with paint. Large water spots could be a sign of more serious damage and is an indication you should have a professional inspection. Also, be on the lookout for any sagging in your ceiling. This would also be something that would need to be handled by a professional.
Next, head up to the attic and look for water droplets. This could be condensation but it could also signal a leak that’s coming from underneath your roof. Loose roofing material that has not been properly weatherproofed can cause the accumulation of moisture under the roof covering.
Selz Contracting provides inspections and annual maintenance in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas with comprehensive roofing services. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing maintenance, inspections and storm damage repair services.