Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Residential Roof
The winter months can be hard on any homeowner’s roof. That’s why it’s always a good idea to include roof maintenance to your spring maintenance checklist to make sure everything is in its optimal condition. Whether you choose to do the work yourself or hire an outside professional, it’s important that you address the following when doing roof maintenance:
- Ice/Water Damage: If you’ve spotted a leak anywhere either outside or inside your property, it’s likely that your roof has sustained damage. This is an issue that deserves your immediate attention, otherwise the damage could get a lot worse and set you back even more money. In this scenario, it’s probably best to call a roofing professional right away.
Soffits & Fascias: The metal or wood boards below the eavestrough are known as fascias. Soffits are the wood and metal panels that run along the underside of your roof. Check these for any damage or holes/soft spots. If there are any, they’ll need to be replaced.
Flashing Damage: This is the material that connects the different parts of your roof together. A little damage may be manageable enough to just need a little caulk, but any extensive damage will definitely need to be replaced.
Shingles: Check for nails popping out of the shingles, or any that have come completely loose. Winter tends to be pretty harsh on shingles, and old roofs are the most susceptible to damage if the winter weather has been particularly rough.
Gutters: This is a must do every spring, regardless of how intense the winter was. Gutters can get blocked pretty easily throughout the year, so just make sure to check them thoroughly when you’re doing your inspections and clean them out before they end up costing you.