How to Take Care of Your Roof This Spring
Once spring starts and the weather turns comfortably warmer, most homeowners start preparing their garden beds for planting, washing the grimy covers on the patio furniture, and cutting down trees that broke in half during the snowstorm. But Hardly anyone thinks about checking in on their roof after the snow melts and runs off.
All throughout the frost season, your roof has protected you from the cold, freezing, and wetness. Now, it is time to give your roof some shingles maintenance. By following these spring maintenance tips, you can keep the condition of your roof in great shape while actively preventing several severe issues in the future.
Get a Roof Inspection from a professional
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that homeowners inspect their roofing systems at least twice a year. Once in the fall to check for any damage the summer heat and storms may have inflicted, and once in the spring to see if the winter season took its toll on your roof.
Assessing the state of your shingles or roofing tiles, flashing, gutters, and protrusions are necessary for preserving your roof's good health and its performance and efficiency. Once these components start to wear down and deteriorate, the cost of needed repairs begins to snowball. If you notice broken or loose shingle materials on your roof during an inspection, make sure to call a roofer so you can put a stop to the damage before spring rains or, worse, the summer storms begin to fall.
Keep Gutters Clean
When spring rolls in, showers are not the only thing that will fall on your roof and get into your gutters. Buds, pods, seeds, and petals will flourish and make appearances along the wind. Clearing away anything that clogs your gutters, such as fallen leaves, limps, bird droppings, and muck. A buildup of debris in your gutters can prevent rainwater from properly draining off. Instead, the water will spill over the side of your gutters, resulting in water-related problems like foundation damage, basement flooding, mold, and mildew growth. It can even back up on the roof, seep under the shingles and leak into your home if there is no existing ice and water shield to prevent water backups.
As the days get warmer, prune any overgrown trees and weeds that are crowding the drainage or downspouts area in your lot. This will help keep rainwater away from the foundation of your home. Clearing out gutters on your own is a feasible option; however, if you spot mold or algae during your roof inspection, opt to call a professional roofer to handle the issue. Some Roofing contractors have the proper equipment that can clean your shingles and gutters without damaging them, as well as have access to cleaning solutions that can help prevent the growth of mold or algae on your roof.
Inspect your Attic Ventilation
Your home produces lots of moisture than you think. Laundry, showers, and cooking all churn out warm, damp air inside the living spaces of your home. This moisture and heat naturally rise toward the ceilings, and if a vapor barrier is not in place, it eventually gets into the attic. Properly ventilating your attic space keeps the insulation dry and prevents condensation, mold, ice damming, and rot.
According to the Federal Housing Administration, at least 1 square foot of ventilation is needed for every 300 square feet of attic space to ventilate your home correctly. Aim to install equal numbers of intake and exhaust vents to create a continuous flow of air throughout the attic. The cool air from the outdoors will be pulled into the intake vents, while the warm, moisture-filled air in the attic will escape through the exhaust vents. Make sure your vents are free of leaves, twigs, and seeds.
Make Sure You Are Covered
As much as regular checkups can help ward off trouble, they can only do so much against a severe storm. To make you feel at ease about events you cannot control, make sure your homeowner's insurance covers roof damage. Your policy may cover a leak if it is caused by a covered peril. Flood, however, is not covered by a standard policy, although a large percentage of homeowners assume it is. Also, remember that homeowners insurance generally does not cover roof damage resulting from wear and tear or lack of maintenance. So, if its age or neglected maintenance issues are to blame for the leaks in your roof, your homeowner's insurance likely will not pay for its repair.
Being misinformed about your homeowner's insurance can be an expensive mistake, so double-check the conditions of your policy to help prepare for the future.
Acquire a Strong Warranty
When it comes to your roof, think over what is and what is not covered – and for how long. While some lifetime roof warranties only last for 25 to 35 years, the Owens Corning Durations Limited Warranty offers a 50-year manufacturing defect coverage and 15-year wind warranty coverage. It is one of the best warranties that can be provided by a roof replacement company, guaranteeing you peace of mind season after season.
Why Is Roof Maintenance so Important?
One of the main reasons annual or biannual roof maintenance is a significant investment is that it prevents future problems. A seemingly minor issue that occurred during a snowstorm and was left untreated can develop into a significant problem in just a few months. A crack in the pipe boot is a simple and inexpensive fix. But failing to catch it because you skip regular maintenance can cause $400 or even up to $700 worth of damage to your ceiling.
Roof maintenance also maximizes the service life of your roof and avoids the need for early roof replacement. When you first get your asphalt shingle roof installed, you can expect at least 25 to 35 years out of it, depending on the quality of materials. Regularly maintaining your roof ensures you get that or more. Your trusted contractor will hand you a report and inform you about the condition of your roof and how much life it has left.
Most importantly, a well-maintained roofing system gives you peace of mind. A roofer will detect and address any problems and give your roof a clean bill of health. After a routine roof inspection, you will know everything is checked out, and all your roof problems are addressed. And the next time a big storm hits, you will not have to hurry around and place buckets under your leaky roof or ceilings.
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