Cleaning and yard work are commonly at the top of your to-do list in the spring. One of the most important aspects of outdoor Seattle-area home maintenance is also one of the most frequently overlooked… your roof!
As your roof recovers from the winter’s snow and ice and prepares for the spring’s thunder and wind, give it the attention it deserves. Here are five spring roof maintenance tips from our expert roofers at Four Seasons Roofing.
1. Clean out your gutters
Debris tends to accumulate in your gutters and downspouts over the winter. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs, or dirt, they won’t be able to do their job effectively when the next spring downpour arrives.
Clean out your gutters thoroughly with a special gutter scoop to avoid damaging them in the process. Catch the falling debris on a tarp spread out on the lawn below.
2. Do a shingles inspection
Check for any missing, curling, or worn-down shingles. You can do a partial visual check from the ground if you aren’t comfortable about stepping up on your roof. If you’re confident in your ability to inspect your roof, be sure to use a sturdy ladder and ask a friend to be there for safety.
Any shingles with cracks, curled edges, or loose nails should be noted. It may be time for a roof repair or replacement this spring if you detect extensive sections of damaged shingles.
3. Check for algae or mold
It’s not uncommon to notice mold or algae growth on your roof throughout the winter since moisture collects on it. Keep an eye out for these pests while you’re inspecting your shingles. There are several DIY mold removal alternatives for your roof, but before you start pouring chemicals up there, consult with a professional roofer.
4. Take photos of any damages
Take photographs of any missing or broken shingles, damaged soffit or fascia, mold growth, or any other roof issues. Your homeowner’s insurance will most likely cover some roof damage, particularly after a storm, However, you will have to first prove that the damage is extensive.
5. Arrange for a professional inspection
Schedule a professional roof inspection if you see anything unusual on your roof (or even if you don’t). A certified and skilled roofer can assess the severity of your roof damage and determine whether it requires a simple patch, a more extensive repair, or a complete replacement. Because your roof covers your attic and home interior, it’s well worth the expense to ensure that it can adequately keep moisture out.
We hope that these spring roof maintenance suggestions will assist you in getting ready for the new season!
Assessing and checking your Seattle-area home’s roof for damage or moisture will help it stay in good shape for many years to come. Are you in Snohomish, Bellevue, Everett, or anywhere in the northern Seattle region? Do you need assistance with roof inspection or maintenance? Get in touch with Four Seasons Roofing right now!