Most people don’t bother to check their roofing or even clean them every season. Unless, of course, they notice a leak. It’s winter, and it’s time for you to inspect your roof.
Here are seven things to do for your roofing system when it warms up.
1. Get rid of all roof debris
Mold and mildew can grow on your roof if there is a lot of debris. If you have this problem, your roof will be damaged.
There are two ways to remove roof debris. The first is to rake off the debris by hand, and the second is to use a leaf blower. It is best to hire professionals like Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration if this is something you are unable to do safely.
2. Wash off mold and mildew
Mold and mildew can be very harmful to your health as well as your roof’s health. Check your roof for signs of mildew or mold during spring. You should look for discolored streaks in your roof, which could indicate signs of growth.
3. Check your roof for loose shingles
Roof shingles are very vulnerable to the effects of snow and ice. These extreme conditions can cause shingles to curl or separate and in some cases even tear off completely. You might be able to check your roof after the winter is over to make sure that no shingles have been damaged. You should fix or nail any problems you find. You can risk water damage and mold if you don’t take action.
4. Flashing and Chimney
Flashing around your chimney is another thing to look out for. Flashing around your chimney can pull away from your roof or chimney, creating small holes that allow water and insects to enter. These are simple fixes that can be done quickly. However, it is important to identify the extent of damage before you cover it up. Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration can help you determine the extent of damage and how it looks.
5. Damaged Tree Branches
You should remove any branches from your trees that fall onto your roof in winter. You can easily remove small branches by yourself, but larger branches will require professional assistance. Larger branches that remain on your roof can cause holes in the shingles, allowing water to flow into your home.
6. Take a look at the Attic
Look in your attic and ceiling for any signs of mold or water damage. If your roof has not leaked, mold in your attic could be caused by poor insulation or poor ventilation. It is best to contact a professional roofer if you notice any staining, smell mildew, or other signs of mold. An expert can quickly identify the cause and make repairs before it gets worse.
7. Clean and inspect the Gutters
Rainwater should flow freely through the gutters and downspouts. Rainwater that does not flow properly through the gutters and downspout system will back up, causing overflows, which can lead to you having to clean your gutters. You may also find that some granules and other materials from your roof have gotten into your gutters. You may need to replace any shingles that have become thinner because of the granules. It doesn’t matter how you clean your gutters. It will be difficult and time-consuming.
Most people aren’t equipped to clean the gutters, so it is a good idea to hire a professional roofing contractor in Myrtle Beach.
You should not only clean your roof before spring arrives but also trim any trees nearby that may have started to shadow your roof. Unwanted accidents can be caused by hanging tree branches. You can reduce the number of leaves that fall out of your gutters by trimming the branches.
Call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration now if you need help from professional roofers in taking care of all your roof-related issues.
Like our Facebook page for more great info about roofing services.