Spring is in full swing and summer will be here before you know it. With the balmy temperatures and extra hours of daylight, his is the perfect time to take stock of any damage the harsh winter weather inflicted on your home. If your roof is getting up there in years, it may have been particularly vulnerable to wind, snow, and ice. Regular visual checks and maintenance are key in knowing when to replace your roof or to determine whether you might need roof repair. Our checklist will ensure your roof is ready to go this summer.
- Check and Clean Gutters
Our residential roofers always recommend you clean out your gutters twice a year, typically in fall and spring. If you haven’t yet tackled your gutters this season, you’ll need to make that a priority. More than likely, they’ll be filled with leaves and muck. You can go the DIY route, but it’s often better to hire a professional who can make sure the pathways are clear and that everything is functioning as it should. Should you find corrosion, rust, or breakaways, you’ll need to fix this straight away.
- Trim the Trees
Your trees may look beautiful this time of year, but all of those flowers, leaves, and seeds can make a real mess for your roof and gutters. Trimming back surrounding trees can reduce the amount you’ll have to clean later on and can eliminate hazards like dangling branches. Call your local arborist to tackle the job. They can keep you informed about tree health to ensure you don’t have any sick or dead trees taking up room on your property this summer.
- Look For Damage
You can (and should) certainly do a quick visual inspection of your roof from the ground. But you’re not going to catch every problem. This is where you’ll definitely want to call your roofing contractors. Your residential roofers will be able to ascertain whether you have missing shingles, cracks, moss, loose flashing, or any other common issues. Even if everything looks to be in great condition, you’ll have peace of mind for the next season or two.
- Make Repairs
Should your residential roofers recommend it, you can get your repairs done during this time of year. Spring and early summer are often the best time to do so, since the weather is usually pretty mild. If your roof is older or has sustained too much damage to repair it, you may want to consider total replacement. While a new roof is an investment, it can actually make your home more efficient. Choosing the right roofing material can decrease your home’s energy needs by 30%, which means lower bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Plus, if you choose a metal roof or other durable roofing materials, you won’t have to worry about replacement for a few decades!
Don’t wait to get your home ready for summer. Make sure to get your roof inspected by reputable residential roofers before the season starts. For more information, contact us today.