Warm weather is here and that means it’s time to start thinking about getting your house in shape for spring and summer. If you’re thinking “spring cleaning,” you’re right on track. For most homeowners, spring cleaning means airing out the house, and making minor repairs indoors. While those tasks are great to take care of, have you thought about your roof? Believe it or not, your roof needs some springtime TLC, just like the rest of your house. Here are a few simple tips from your favorite Denver roofers
to make things easy.
Check Your Gutters
Though gutters catch the most debris during fall when the leaves drop, they can still get clogged with plant matter during the winter months. Take a look at your gutters and clean them out if you see any buildup. Once they’re clean, check for rust, loose bolts, and any other signs of damage that might need repair before the springtime rains start up.
Watch for Pine Needles
Pine trees are a major part of the Colorado landscape, but like other trees, they can still shed their needles and pinecones. If those pine trees are close to your house, those needles will drop right on your roof. In small amounts, they’re perfectly harmless and won’t hurt your home’s roofing materials. But if they’re allowed to pile up, they’ll trap moisture and increase your risk of leaks and roof damage over time. If you see large piles of pine needles collecting on the roof, sweep them off. Just be gentle. Too much force can damage your roof.
Always Check the Ground
Just because your roof looks intact doesn’t mean there aren’t issues with the materials. Take a walk around your property and look at the ground around your house. If you see bits of shingles, roofing nails, or any other items that look out of place, schedule a roof inspection as soon as possible. Finding roofing nails or bits of shingles in your yard is a surefire sign that your roof is damaged. If you catch that damage early, the repairs will be simple, fast, and affordable.
Get Your Chimney Cleaned
It’s always a good idea to have your chimney cleaned at least twice a year—once in the spring and once before winter. This helps get rid of buildup inside the flue and increases the chance of catching any structural issues that might threaten the safety of your roof during the warmer months. If the chimney sweep finds anything out of the ordinary, get the damage fixed immediately. The sooner you do, the less likely you are to discover a roof leak in the future.
Give Your Roof the TLC It Deserves
With regular care and maintenance, your roof should last for decades. Use these tips to stay on top of your repairs and maintenance this spring. If you notice anything that looks out of place or simply want a professional opinion on the condition of your roof, reach out and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.