April showers bring May flowers, which everyone loves unless you have leaks or any other unexpected repairs on your roof! With the upcoming warm weather quickly approaching many people tend to begin thinking about what needs to be tidied up, which often includes yard work and cleaning the interior of their homes/garages, yet no one ever thinks to clean their roofs. Read on to find out why cleaning and clearing your roof is especially important during the Springtime!
Check Your Gutters
Just as you would check/clean your gutters before the winter weather arrives, it’s just as important to check your gutters after the Winter weather dissipates. The harsh weather conditions that Winter brings can lead to clogged gutters, often filled with withering leaves and/or other debris.
Inspect The Roof
Depending on your roof type, there are different things to look out for when inspecting your roof. If you have a peaked shingle roof, we suggest looking out for any damaged shingles. Here's a list of different damages to look for when inspecting your shingled roof:
Missing Shingles: Missing shingles are one of the most noticeable types of shingle damage, as they are quite literally missing. You’ll want to replace missing shingles as soon as you possibly can as it can create a weak spot in your roof and damage the overall integrity of your structure.
Curling Shingles: Curling Shingles are an indication of poor circulation and/or ventilation, as well as improper installation. Although it seems minor, curling shingles can lead to costly repairs if not assessed in a timely manner.
Blistering Shingles: Not as noticeable as other types of shingle damage, blistering shingles indicate that moisture is trapped. Blistered shingles have the potential to burst and cause extensive damage if left alone. Because of its hard-to-spot nature, we would recommend that you opt-in for yearly inspections to avoid hard-to-fix repairs.
Buckling Shingles: Much like blistering shingles, buckling shingles also are due to issues with moisture. Unlike blistering shingles, buckling shingles can easily crack and damage the overall structure of your roof. Buckling shingles are also an indication that your roof's framing has shifted; this is something you’ll want to address quickly before it calls for a full roof replacement.
Stained Shingles: Although natural discoloration due to sun exposure is normal, stained or streaked shingles can be an indication of leaks and/or issues in your ventilation system. Just like blistering shingles, stained shingles can be hard to spot and require a deeper inspection to see the underlying issue,
As for flat roofs, there are specific indications that will provide you with ample insight into any future damages. Be sure to look for these things when inspecting your flat roof:
Noticeable Tears/Holes: Any noticeable tears or holes are a clear indication of damage that needs to be quickly addressed. Openings not only allow water to enter your roof but can quickly allow bugs and other critters to make themselves at home! You'll want to address this issue as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Puffy/Bubbling Materials: If you notice a particular part of your flat roof seems puffy or has a bubbling effect, this is an indication that water has penetrated the roofing material and become trapped. If not quickly assessed, leaks and water damage are sure to follow.
Skylights: Often overlooked, leaks from skylights that were not properly installed can be a major headache for homeowners. Sometimes it is necessary for your skylights to be resealed, which can be an easy fix if found in time. Be sure to check the surrounding areas of your skylights for any indication of water damage.
Check For Mold
With snow and ice covering your roof all winter long, there are many opportunities for water to infiltrate your home. With leaks often come interior damage and even sometimes, unfortunately, mold. Not only is mold extremely difficult to deal with once it starts to spread, but it is also extremely hazardous to your and your family's health. Be sure to look out for the tell-tale signs of mold, such as smell, discoloration, and/or bubbling interior paint.
Trim Branches/Overhanging Greenery
Not only do overhanging branches and/or other greenery aid in the collection of leaves and debris in your gutters, but they can also damage the integrity of your roofing system. Because trimming branches on your roof can be a dangerous job, we would recommend expressing extreme caution or hiring a professional.
Check Inside Your Home For Leaks
Noticeable water damage to your walls and/or ceilings are a clear indication that water has permeated your roof. It is also important to look for any signs of light leaking through your roof/attic; this will inform you of any holes/tears that aren’t easily seen from the outside.
Inspect For Any Damages or Noticeable Wear/Tears
General wear & tear occur naturally over time throughout the seasons. Some problems are usually easy to spot, such as rusted gutters, missing shingles, or noticeable sagging in your roof. Sometimes there may be damage that the average person wouldn’t notice, which is why we always recommend annual roof inspections/maintenance.
Want a professional to inspect your roof for any damage caused by the harsh winter weather? Feel free to contact us here at Elite Roofing by phone at (201)436-1011, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Our team has extensive knowledge of roof repairs and what exactly to look for after the Winter weather has passed.