Spring Roofing Maintenance Tips

There are two times a year where roof maintenance is most important.  In early fall, you want to inspect your roof and ensure that it is in optimal condition to withstand harsh winter weather.  When spring finally arrives, it’s time to think about cleaning up your roof and ensuring there is no new damage.  Since spring is nigh, let’s take a moment to talk about some of the most important spring roof maintenance tips.

Clean it Up

The simplest and easiest aspect of spring roof maintenance is cleaning your roof.  In other words, you want to remove all debris from your roof, the eves, and your gutters to prevent unnecessary damage to your roof and roofing fixtures.  Ignoring leaves, branches, and other types of debris is the best way to ensure leaks and other types of damage to your roof.  Removing this debris is quick and easy and the most important step in maintaining your roof.

Wear and Tear

The next most important spring roof maintenance task is to check your roof for damage.  You want to inspect the roof for missing, damaged, or misshapen shingles and other signs of winter wear and tear.  If you’re not comfortable up on the roof or you have little DIY experience, it’s best to work with a professional roofer.  Keep in mind that it’s easiest to replace a few shingles here and there rather than waiting for leaks or more serious signs of damage that will likely require more costly repairs.

Organic Material

Algae and fungus may have started to grow on your roof.  These types of organic material can actually degrade roofing structures making the roof more prone to damage.  If you see algae, fungus, or even moss growing on your roof, you want it removed.  A professional roofer may recommend installing zinc or lead control strips to prevent organic material from growing.

Roofing Fixtures

From vents and chimneys to skylights and flashing, there are many integrated parts to your roof.  Spring is the perfect time to inspect all these roofing elements to make sure there are no signs of damage.  Your roofer should ensure metal parts are rust free and in good condition.  You’ll want the flashing carefully inspected to make sure it’s solid.  If there are any signs of damage or decay, your roofer should re-seal the flashing.  Caulking and mortar around fixtures such as vents or chimneys also needs to be checked and repaired if there is any damage.

Ultimately, roofing maintenance can be a simple task if it is scheduled regularly.  A proactive homeowner is one who ensures that any signs of leaking, damage, or organic material growth are addressed immediately.  Your roof won’t last forever, but a consistent maintenance plan will help to keep your roof in excellent condition for years to come.