The roof of any building forms a vital part of its structure. The roof is the top cover for anyone inside that building to protect the people from insects, cold conditions, scorching sun conditions, rain, falling winter snow, and ice. Hence, the roof is an essential part of the house that always needs to be maintained in excellent condition. A damaged roof is catastrophic as it may result in severe damages and other resulting problems.
Spring is always considered the best time of the year to perform roof maintenance procedures. You might also spot any minor or severe damages that call for a roof contractor’s attention. A roof contractor’s expertise is needed after the icy weather conditions, the falling ice, snow, and the windy conditions of the winter season.
Winter conditions can be damaging to your roof. The new warm conditions of spring present the best time of the year to conduct regular and periodic maintenance work on your roof. You can do it yourself, but it is advisable to hire a professional roof contractor to do it for you as you enjoy the warm weather.
Roof Maintenance Tips to Conduct on Your Residential Roof in Spring
Whether you choose to do the maintenance on your own or hire a roof-contractor, here are tips to maintaining your residential roof.
Cleaning the gutters and the down water pipes
The eavestroughs are meant to collect the rainwater while the downspouts ensure that it safely reaches the storage units. Leaves, dust, twigs, and any other debris may yield up in the gutters, and the worst of it is during the winter season. The debris may cause blockage or extreme damage to the gutters, which may lead to leakages. The gutters need to be regularly cleaned to get rid of the debris and spot any damage that may need to be repaired.
Inspection of the shingles
Roof shingles should always lie flat. Check out for any curls, loose parts, and damaged shingles. Check out all the nails’ conditions, whether any nails are popping out or are worn out. Examine the condition of the shingles and whether they are looking old or damaged. Based on the age and other roof conditions, use this criteria to determine the damage’s extent. If they are significantly damaged, you will need a roof-contractor specializing in residential roofing to analyze the damage further and carry out a roof replacement on your house.
Examine the condition of the soffits and fascia boards
Soffits are either metallic or wooden panels on the underside of a roof that connect the wall to the roofline. Fascia is either metallic or wooden panels running along the roof or the eaves troughs. They are vital roof parts that should not be overlooked when carrying out maintenance. Check if there are any noticeable points with soft spots, damage, or even holes. Depending on the extent of the damage, gauge whether they need to be repaired or replaced altogether.
Examine for water or ice dam damages on the roof
Water or ice dam damage examination is carried out by checking out for any possible leakages, manifested as paint bubbles, wet spots, or water stains. These could be found on the roof, the walls adjacent to the roof, or the ceiling. The melting of snow after winter or ruin resulting from ice dams can destroy the roof, ceiling, insulation, etc. A minor leak calls for instant attention to evade further damage, such as rotting of the ceiling, which could cost more in the long run. Knowing the suitable materials to fix the leakages can pose a problem. It would be best if you considered hiring a roof contractor to fix your damage.
Inspection of the roof flashing
Roof flashing refers to the metal connecting the roof to other different parts of the house, such as the chimney, roof edges, and skylights. Ensure that the caulk is perfectly sealed. Rusting of the flashing due to water contact calls for a roof contractor to conduct a replacement from a recognized roof company.
Check for pest infestation
Birds, raccoons, insects, mice, or other pests could be putting up nests on your roof. This could result in roof damage such as tearing off roof shingles, burrowing the attic, etc. Pest infestation tends to spike during spring. Ensure that the roof is appropriately made and seal any openings that allow these pests inside.
Ensure that all damages are repaired during this spring season. Examine all roof parts and aspects, detect any damage or signs of damage and take immediate action against them. In cases where professional services are required, do not hesitate to contact a roof company that sends in a roof contractor to assess the damage and carry out necessary repairs.
Over the years, Crossover Roofing company has offered the best roofing services for residential houses and commercial properties. Crossover Roofing is locally owned and operated. We first established our office centers in the Triad, and after many years of exceptional service delivery and the best craftsmanship, we have expanded to the Wilmington area. Our new center is meant to ensure that Wilmington’s residents feel our exceptional delivery of roofing services.
Anyone living in the Triad or Wilmington regions of North Carolina, can contact us to receive Roof Replacement services that reach 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us at Crossover Roofing to schedule a free estimate.
Mary Jane Hedrick is the owner of Crossover Roofing, LLC and believes that her customers are entitled to receive exceptional service and superior craftsmanship from the leading roofing, siding, and windows company in the Triad.