Spring is the perfect time to check your roof for damage that may have occurred during the winter and to prepare it to protect your home through the summer.
Clear Your Gutters
Gutters do more than keep water from dripping down your neck when you use the front door. By channeling rainwater into the downspouts, they move it away from the foundation. This is no small issue, for if rain pours directly off the edge of the roof down to the ground, it can undermine the home’s foundation or slab, causing really expensive structural damage. It can also cause flooding if you have a basement. Additionally, without gutters, much more water will run down the siding and windows than they’d be exposed to through normal blowing rain, and this can cause rot and mold in the walls of your home.
For all these reasons, you should check your gutters and downspouts and make sure they’re not clogged with leaves or other debris. This is a good time to call us at Kanga Roof! If you’re comfortable working on a ladder and know how to do it safely, clear out the junk. Wear heavy work gloves. A garden trowel is also helpful if you’ve got a lot of gunk to clean out.
When you’re up on the ladder, inspect the gutters and downspouts to make sure they’re securely fastened and free of damage. If yours need work, this might be a good opportunity to replace them with a gutter system with a cap. These catch and channel water like traditional gutters but prevent leaves from entering. They never need to be cleaned, allowing you to avoid the chore of cleaning your gutters in the future.
The Roof Itself
After the gutters, it’s time to inspect the roof. If your roof is flat or low-pitched, get up on it and inspect it carefully. It is best to have us perform the inspection.
Look for missing or damaged shingles or tiles and cracks in the sealant around vents, chimneys and roof-mounted hardware, and check flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights to make sure it’s intact and in place.
Next, look for biological problems. Fungus and algae are unsightly and can spread beneath shingles, eventually causing damage to the roof’s underlayment. Nests of birds and insects should be removed. If those are occupied wasp or hornet nests, be careful: there’s nowhere to run when you’re up on the roof!
Are any tree branches touching the roof or growing close to it? Cut them back. They provide a highway for insects to enter your home, and they could damage the roof in a windstorm.
Time to Call a Pro?
With these simple steps, most asphalt and fiberglass roofs will last 20 years or more. But the day comes eventually when every roof needs professional repairs or replacement.
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