Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring

The Best Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring

Learn the best tips to maintaining your roof during the spring season.

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Tips for Maintaining your Roof During the Spring Season

Let’s face it…by the first of March, we are all tired of winter and looking for spring around the corner! The anticipation of flowers blooming and warmer temperatures fill us with “spring fever.” The end of winter and the beginning of warmer weather is the time to check your home for indications of damage that has occurred during the cold winter months so you can move into spring and summer with peace of mind. When you begin to check, looking at your roof should be at the top of the list. 

Most roof damage occurs long before you can see it from the ground. Many signs of wear and tear roof damage can be difficult for you to visibly see. Damage on soffits boards, flashings, and areas around chimneys require climbing a ladder and actually getting on the roof. Here at your New Jersey roofers, Allied Roofing Solutions, we perform roof inspections all the time but especially in the spring. We can thoroughly examine your roof for areas that need attention before warmer weather arrives. In this article, we look at the best roof maintenance tips you can use for guidance in ascertaining the state of your roof this time of year.

Check Your Gutters 

The harsh weather of winter’s storms and winds can bring a lot of debris that collects in the gutters. Leaves, pine cones, and twigs can create a problem when the clutter impedes the flow of water from the gutters to the drains. When water stands on your roof it can make its way underneath shingles and then move down to the attic, causing damage to the house. Be sure to clean your gutters well to reduce standing water.

Check the Shingles

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof’s shingles. Check for missing and curling shingles, as well as any shingles that are missing granules and nails that are loose. This inspection requires getting up on your roof, so use a sturdy ladder and have another person there for safety. Or, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, call an experienced roofing company like Allied Roofing Solutions to perform a complete inspection. If there are any large areas of damaged or missing shingles, you may need to consider a roof repair or replacement.

Look for Mold or Algae

After the winter’s snow, ice, and rain, you may find that the moisture has caused mold or algae to grow. These can harm the shingles over time. You can purchase do-it-yourself treatments for cleaning and mold removal on the roof but it is a good idea to consult with a professional roofer before using any chemicals.

Inspect the Areas Around Chimneys and Vents

Areas around chimneys and vents are prime places for damage from winter weather. Shingle roofs and metal roofs can show different types of damage. Metal roofs may have rusting of the flashing that will cause issues down the road that make your home unsafe if neglected. Shingles can come loose, curl, and have nails that pop out around chimneys. Soffits boards connect the roof to the walls of the house and can have damage from winter temperatures and storms. Check that these are intact and, if not, repair or replace them. Fascia and vents are places where animals may put nests or go to find warmth, so you definitely want to look at these areas.

Look Inside for Leaks

Look inside your attic for places where water may have come in. You will want to check for light from the roof that shows areas where weather and pests can come inside. If left open, these areas can cause significant damage that is expensive to repair. After checking the attic, look in each room and inspect the ceiling. If you have found damage in the attic, you are aware of the area to check for discoloration or warping. When you find these types of problems, call a professional roofer to determine what kinds of repairs are needed.

Get a Professional Inspection

This is the perfect time to call a professional roofer to inspect both the outside and inside of your home. Allied Roofing Solutions can perform a structural and material inspection of the roof, an inside inspection, and an overall workmanship analysis. These examinations will illuminate issues that you can keep an eye on or fix immediately as is needed.

Contact Us Today for Spring Maintenance on Your Roof

Let the professional, experienced Allied Roofing Solutions team conduct the spring maintenance items on your roof. Our roof inspections are thorough in order to ascertain the exact state your roof is in after the harsh weather of winter. Schedule a free consultation if you need to talk about roof repairs or replacements.  Our New Jersey roofing company serves Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Somerset County. Please call us at  (201) 773-0633 or fill out our free estimate form to schedule your roof inspection with our knowledgeable and skilled roofing professionals.