Spring is here — you can see it bursting to life all around. What you may not be able to see is if winter weather caused damage to your roofing system. Severe winter elements can cause problems that need to be addressed going into spring. While we think the worst weather comes in the winter months, spring has its fair share of potentially damaging conditions. From strong winds to torrential rain and hailstorms, there are many reasons why you should prepare your roof for spring weather. Before you go outside to enjoy the gentle side of spring, make sure your roof is in good shape to protect your home when spring weather moves through.
How to Protect Your Roof from Spring Weather
Don’t Guess. Inspect.
Industry experts recommend starting the season with a roof inspection by an experienced, licensed roofer in your area. Winter weather may have left a buildup of moisture which can damage your attic ceiling, roof deck, or underlying structure. Ice dams are notorious for causing wood rot and mold, both of which can result in health issues.
A roof inspector will look for leaks, water damage, debris accumulation, missing or damaged shingles (or other material), and additional evidence of harsh winter weather. A thorough roof inspection will provide the information you need to make sure your roof will protect your home if extreme spring weather conditions such as high winds, heavy rain, and hail impact your home.
The best roofing companies will know to check all roof components including chimneys, skylights, and vents. These are likely spots for loose or missing roofing material, leading to water damage inside the house.
While an inspection is the first step in an ongoing roof maintenance and care program, there are other activities you can perform to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape after winter to prevent little problems from becoming big issues. Take a look.
Start the spring season with clean gutters. Debris accumulation (leaves and twigs) coupled with snow and ice build-up plugs gutters, preventing proper water flow from the roof to the ground. Many people don’t fully understand gutters and downspouts’ critical role in water management. Clean gutters and clear downspouts will save you worry, damage, and expense.
Check Your Attic
It’s a good idea to inspect your attic while checking for roof issues, as evidence of damage is easier to spot from this inside perspective. Check out the underside of the roof deck and insulation for mildew — a sure sign you have a leak you may not detect anywhere else.
Make a Clean Sweep
Winter wind could have left behind debris, from tree branches to molding leaves. As soon as the weather warms up and there are no safety hazards on your roof (ice), clear away everything that doesn’t belong on top of your house. Left unattended, debris can lead to mold and rot — two conditions you don’t want on your roof.
Prevent Damage from Trees
It’s a good rule of thumb to keep branches and limbs at least six feet away from your roof. Trim what you can, but be sure to bring in professional help to cut back major limbs and foliage. Not only is there a risk of dead branches falling on your roof and causing structural damage, but dead leaves and other organic debris can clog gutters and downspouts as mentioned above.
Check for pests (insects and rodents) when inspecting your roof in preparation for spring. A damaged roof can become an ideal nesting site for insects, rodents, and other pests. Pests can live in exposed insulation and even damage wiring. The sooner you assess the situation and take action, the better for you — and your roof.
Make a File of Important Documents
Be prepared to act quickly If you find damage to your roof. Keep a current file of all important homeowner documents, including warranties. Your roof warranty will tell you exactly what’s covered in the case of damage. In addition, having a list of numbers to call in an emergency can save valuable time when you need a licensed, local roofing contractor or other service providers NOW.
Replace Old, Worn Roofs
We strongly advise homeowners consider replacing their old, worn roofs before spring weather arrives. Our extensive experience in the roofing industry has shown that unpredictable weather, including heavy rain and snow, combined with temperature fluctuations, can cause significant damage to aging roofs.
By investing in a new roof, you can protect your home from hail damage and other spring weather conditions, avoid costly repairs, and have peace of mind knowing your property is safeguarded from the elements. Don’t wait, contact us today for professional roofing solutions.
TRUST THE EXPERTS AT MCKINNIS
Start now to get your roof ready for spring. If you are in need of a roof inspection, roof replacement, or windows, siding, and gutter work, give us a call today at 402-426-2644, visit our website at www.mckinnisinc.com, or fill out our contact form. Our roofing and exterior experts are highly trained and always ready to help!