Spring is coming and you need to be prepared for what it brings: rain. While all that extra water is great for your garden, it can do a number on your home’s exterior. From clearing your gutters to getting a professional roof inspection, there are steps you can take now to ensure your roof gets through spring unscathed.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection Now
Book your roof inspection now just in case there’s a bit of a backlog. This year, March 20 marks the first day of spring so you want to be ready in time. Getting a roof inspection now will:
- Help you identify problematic issues: Winter has been tough on your roof, as snow builds up, ice forms gaps between shingles, and hail causes dents. A professional can check for signs of damage and make recommendations for repairs if need be. Catching issues now before they become worse will save you time, money and headache later.
- Allow you to budget for roof maintenance through the year: At some point, you will need to address general wear and tear that require repairs eventually even if it’s not a pressing issue. When you get the results of your inspection, you can budget out the tasks that are most urgent and make a plan for future expenses so you don’t get hit with a bill all at once.
- Ensure your roof stays in tip-top shape for the long haul: The goal of a roof inspection is to keep your roof in good working order for a longer period of time. Premature roof replacement is an expensive project, one that perhaps could’ve been put off for many more years had you conducted regular maintenance.
Replace Loose or Damaged Shingles and Flashing
Missing shingles and damaged flashing are the two biggest perpetrators when it comes to letting leaks infiltrate your roof. You can do regular inspections from the ground with a pair of binoculars. If you see something, call a professional for further inspection. Keep an eye out for broken or rusted flashing around chimneys and vent pipes, as well as shingles that continuously go missing or that are buckling and curling.
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
A gutter filled with leaves and other debris will become extremely heavy and will pull away from your siding over time. Plus, water can’t get through easily. Once you have unclogged your gutters, make sure the downspouts are pointing away from your foundation. If not, all that water can cause erosion and eventually leak into your basement.
Ensure Adequate Ventilation in Attic
Make sure you have plenty of ventilation in your attic, or this could lead to ice dams, increase indoor temperature extremes and hike up your energy costs. With the right exhaust and intake vents, you can reduce energy costs, extend the life of your roof and enjoy more consistent comfort all year long.