Here in Southeastern Wisconsin, Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about home maintenance. One of the most critical areas to focus on is your roof. With all the strange weather we had in Kenosha and Racine this past winter, your roof may have taken a beating and is in need of some TLC to ensure it’s in good condition for the rest of the year. Our roofing experts have highlighted the key things homeowners need to focus on when it comes to spring roof maintenance.
Inspect for damage
The first step in maintaining your roof is to inspect it for any damage. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks or holes in the roof, and any signs of water damage, both inside and out. If you’re not comfortable climbing on your roof, use binoculars or a drone to get a closer look. It’s essential to catch any damage early to prevent it from getting worse and causing more significant problems down the road.
Clean gutters and downspouts
Spring is a time of year when gutters and downspouts can get clogged with leaves and debris from the winter months. Make sure to clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re free from blockages that could lead to water damage to your roof and home. This also helps to prevent the growth of mold.
Trim trees and branches
If you have trees close to your home, it’s important to trim them back in the spring to prevent them from damaging your roof. Overhanging branches can scrape against the gutters and the roof’s surface, causing damage to shingles and other roofing materials. They can also create a pathway for animals to access your roof and cause further damage.
Don’t forget the chimney and vents
Chimneys and vents are common sources of roof leaks, especially after a long winter. Check for cracks, missing mortar or bricks and signs of water damage around all chimneys and vents. If you notice any issues, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent further damage to your roof and home. One of our expert associates can perform a thorough inspection and recommend any needed repairs if necessary. A well-maintained chimney not only prevents leaks, but it can also improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce the risk of fire hazards.
Schedule a professional inspection
Even if you don’t notice any obvious damage to your roof, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection. A roofing expert can identify any hidden problems that are hard to spot with an untrained eye. They can also give you tips on how to maintain your roof throughout the year, helping you to extend its lifespan and prevent costly repairs.
By focusing on these key areas of spring roof maintenance, you can help keep your roof in great condition for years to come. Remember, a little maintenance now can save you a lot of headaches down the line. If you need professional help with roof maintenance or repair, don’t hesitate to contact us today!