Posted on: March 10, 2017
Springtime is fast approaching, and while you’re making preparations for all of those fun outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to make sure that your roof is prepared to handle the new season as well. Below are some handy tips to help you get your roof ready for spring.
1. Inspect Your Shingles
Shingles provide an all-important line of defense against the elements, but if they’ve been damaged, cracked or otherwise compromised, it can lead to a host of costly problems. If your shingles aren’t in good shape, they can allow rainwater to seep into the underlying roof structure, which can cause water damage and potential mold issues. More often than not, homeowners don’t become aware of this type of damage until water spots begin to emerge on their ceiling. The best route to take is to engage in preventative maintenance so that you won’t have to fork out money later for expensive repairs. Due to potential safety risks, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of a professional roofing company to perform a thorough inspection of your roof, but you can still perform a preliminary inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Here are some of the telltale signs that it might be time to replace your shingles:
Keep in mind that the spring season is a common time for storms to rear their ugly head, and if your shingles are “on their last leg,” they can easily be blown off during a strong storm, or even on a particularly windy day. In addition, remember that the preparations you make now will ensure that your shingles can withstand the scorching heat of the upcoming summer season.
2. Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are responsible for directing rainwater away from your roof structure and foundation, but if they become clogged with all kinds of leaves, twigs and other debris, your home can suffer significant structural damage. If your gutters become loaded with accumulated clutter, they can begin to sag and might even pull away from your roof, potentially leading to more repair problems. Check to make sure that your gutters are free and clear of debris, and double-check your downspout openings at the top to ensure that there are no obstructions to the flow of water. In addition, closely inspect your gutters for any leaks or small cracks, as this can lead to more substantial repair issues in the future.
3. Trim the Trees around Your House
If at all possible, trim the trees around your house to minimize the potential for falling branches or excessive debris to damage your home. This is especially important if you live in an area where heavy storms tend to roll through during the spring.
While it’s all too easy to put roof maintenance on the back burner, this is a mistake that you simply cannot afford to make. If your roof is in need of repair, be sure to contact the professionals at Chinook Roofing and Gutters to help you get it ready for the warm months. With their help, you can be confident that your roof will be ready to handle the sometimes wacky weather of the spring season!