Many of us don’t think twice about cleaning or even checking our roofs every season, unless, that is, we notice a problem. Winter is finally over. Get your roof thoroughly inspected, and spring clean your roof. Below are 7 things you should do to your roof when the warm weather arrives.
1. Clear Off All Roof Debris
If your roof has a lot of debris on it, chances are, you have mold and mildew growing. If this is the case, it will eventually damage your roof if you let it go, and you may need to replace your roof. There are two easy ways to get rid of roof debris. One is to rake the debris off by hand and the other is to use a leaf blower. If this is something you cannot do safely, it is always best to hire a professional, like Deegan Roofing to do the job.
2. Wash Off Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are very dangerous for your health and the health of your roof. Check your roof for any signs of mold or mildew during the Spring. Look for discolored streaks on your roof which indicates the signs of growth. The streaks can be green or black. Warm winters, like the 2022-2023 winter, lead to more mold and mildew growth. Power washing with an antimicrobial detergent will protect your roof.
3. Examine Your Roof for Loose Shingles
The snow and ice are hard on our roof’s shingles. These harsh conditions can force shingles to curl, separate, and some cases, completely tear off. It is helpful, if you check your roof once after the winter has passed to see if any of the shingles are damaged. If you find a problem, have a professional nail them back or fix them as soon as you can. If you do not take care of the problem, it may cause water damage and eventually mold to seep into the walls and attic.
4. Flashing and Chimney
Another thing you should look for is flashing around your chimney. The flashing can easily pull away from the chimney or your roof, which can create small holes, allowing water and bugs to invade the attic. These are small and easy fixes; however, you have to know where the damage exists prior to covering them up. If you have no idea where the damage is or what it looks like, call Deegan Roofing!
5. Damaged Tree Branches
If any of the branches of your trees fall on your roof during the winter, try to remove them right away. If the branches are small enough, you can remove them on your own, however, for larger branches, you may need the help of a professional. If the larger branches stay on your roof, they can make holes through the shingles and allow the water into your house.
6. Check the Attic
Check your ceiling and attic for signs of water damage or mold. Mold in your attic is generally due to either an insulation or ventilation issue if no roof leaking has occurred. If you see any staining or smell mildew, it is wise to call a professional and do not try to take care of it yourself. A professional can easily pinpoint the exact cause of the damage and make repairs quickly before it worsens.
7. Check and Clean the Gutters
Not only should you clean off your roof when spring arrives, you should also trim nearby trees that have begun to cast a shadow over your roof. Tree branches hanging over the roof can cause unwanted accidents. By trimming branches, you will also reduce the amount of leaves you’ll need to clean out of your gutters in the fall.
Rainwater should flow properly through the gutters and the downspout system. If it doesn’t, backs up and overflows will occur. There is also a chance that granules or other materials from your roof have spilled from the surface and into your gutters. Look at where the granules are coming from and see if you need to replace any shingles that are becoming thinner due to all those materials falling off. No matter which way you choose to clean your gutters, it will be a demanding job that can be very time consuming. Cleaning the gutters by hiring a professional like Deegan Roofing is the best option.
Spring Cleaning your Roof
Family-owned and operated, Deegan Roofing Company has been installing and servicing residential and commercial roofing customers in the New Jersey area for over 30 years. If you are concerned about your roof surviving the upcoming winter weather or are currently experiencing roofing problems, it’s never too late to contact Deegan Roofing to get your roof inspected before winter. Website https://www.deeganroofing.com/ Address: 345 Terrill Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Hours: Open 8:30 AM ⋅ Closes 5:30 PM.