With the worst of winter behind us, we’re left with some important things to do as homeowners, not the least of which is checking for needed roof repairs.
The roof is a vital part of keeping the structure of your home intact. So as spring arrives, here is a checklist of things to consider so your home is well maintained under a sound roof.
This is the easiest task to perform and requires no experience or knowledge of roofing whatsoever. Simply give your roof a visual inspection. You don’t even need to climb a ladder. Some things to look for are loose items that don’t belong there, damage or wear around pipes and loose or missing shingles. Any of these could signify a decaying roof due to trapped moisture under the shingles.
For a closer inspection, it’s best to call in professional roofing contractors. They know how to safely navigate a ladder up to your roof and they can spot certain deficiencies that may be missed otherwise.
Check the Gutters
Gutters that appear worn or that hold water could be a sign of trouble with your roof. Again, a roofing contractor can determine what, if anything may be a problem with your roof or gutters.
Don’t underestimate how important your gutters are to your home. Improperly functioning gutters can cause damage to your foundation, causing mold to grow or even a collapse in the most severe case.
Gutters can be a part of any roofing replacement that is needed for your home.
There is a way to help prevent roof damage. That is by trimming any nearby tree or bush branches that can strike your roof. If there is any chance that a branch can fall on your roof, it’s best to have a professional trim it for you to keep your roof safe from obvious harm.
The attic can tell you if there are any leaks. Check the floor and ceiling of the attic for wet spots and mold. Those will give you a good idea of exactly where a leak might be so it can be a part of any roofing repairs that are necessary.
Being a homeowner is a great financial investment but it’s also a responsibility. Take care of your roof this spring, so your home can take care of you.