A Roof Spring Cleaning ChecklistBy Caroline Prince | | Home Improvements |
Spring’s here, and it’s time to get your home ready for the spring and summer months ahead. Cleaning out your garage and attic, dusting every inch of all the rooms in your house, and taking down your drapes for a thorough cleaning are probably on the top of your spring cleaning list.
But, have you considered your roof in that list? No? Then, you definitely should. During the winter your roof may be exposed to a number of weather elements, including snow, wind , ice and rain, all of which can damage your roof. Your spring cleaning list should therefore include assessing the condition of your roof to check for winter damage, and that it’s ready to serve you well during the hot months to come.
Here’s a handy checklist for spring cleaning for your roof:
You should first check your gutters for any debris and ice-dams. It might seem like a good idea to hose down the debris in the gutter to clear it. However, this can result in a clogged downspout. So, you should manually remove all the debris before hosing it down. Besides this, you’ll also need to check the gutters for signs of wear and tear such as rust or corrosion and replace them, if necessary.
It’s always better to get your gutters inspected by a professional, rather than doing it yourself and risking an injury while climbing a ladder.
The fascia is the board that runs along the edge of the roof that connects the ends of the rafters and trusses. The fascia holds the gutter in place, and also prevents any moisture from seeping into the roof. They can be damaged if they are exposed to moisture, which can result if the gutters are clogged or because of ice dams.
Examine your roof (from the safety of the ground, or hire a contractor to do it for you) for any loose or missing shingles. You should also check your shingles for any fungal or mold growth, which can eventually eat through the roofing material and result in leakages. Fungal/mold growth can be treated with zinc strips, but it’s always best to consult with a professional.
The flashing is a vital part of your roof, which is often overlooked. It is generally placed where there are interruptions or intersections on the roof surface such as around chimneys or skylights. They help keep the moisture from seeping into the house, and are usually made from copper, steel, aluminum or plastic. You should examine the flashing for any rust, cracks or any damage.
If any branches of nearby trees are edging close to your roof, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Trim any branches that are hanging over your roof to prevent any damage from the branches and to prevent your gutters from becoming cluttered with leaves and twigs.
6. Inside Roof and Attic
In the attic, check for signs of leakage and mold growth. You should also check for any cracks or mold growth in the sheathing in the attic, which can occur due to leaks in the roof and poor ventilation. You should hire a professional to assess any potential damage to your attic roof and ceilings.
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to spruce up your home and your roof should be one of the top priorities on your list. By checking and repairing your roof in time for spring rains, you can ensure your home is protected during the coming months.
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