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Riley Hays Spring Roof Checklist

By June 27, 2022 Uncategorized

Good roof maintenance ensures that your roof will last for years to come. The average shingle roof will last for 25 years, but you still need to take good care of it. Doing a spring roof cleaning is one of the ways that you can eliminate roof mold. Once winter ends, you may want to inspect your roof for things that need repairs, such as loose shingles. Let’s have a look at the checklist for roof cleaning.

 

Clean the Roof Debris

Debris on the roof has the potential to damage your roof. Unfortunately, many don’t see the full extent of the damage until they remove it. Debris can damage the roof in the future if not taken care of ahead of time. Many remove debris with a leaf blower. Don’t undertake it if you can’t do it safely since roof accidents send thousands to the emergency room every year. Call Riley Hays Roofing and Construction to clean your gutters.

 

Wash Away the Mold and Mildew

Not only does mold and mildew hurt the lifespan of your roof, but it can pose a danger to your health. It leads to a condition known as roof rot that can drop your property value since roof repairs can easily cost $950. Check for discolored streaks on the roof. The discoloration indicates signs of growth on the roof.

 

Check for Loose Shingles

Loose shingles and missing shingles indicate serious roof problems. Extreme weather commonly causes loose shingles, but it happens from improperly installed shingles or shingles past their lifespan. Once the shingles loosen, it can expose your roof to potential water damage. We recommend that you check your roof after each winter for signs of damage.

 

The Most Vulnerable Part of the Roof

You want to examine the flashing and the chimney because this area proves especially vulnerable. Roof flashing and crickets are quintessential to keeping water from penetrating your roof and into the home. Problems with the roof flashing will lead to a chimney leak. You can also wind up with pests that invade the home from the roof if not fixed.

 

Trees and the Potential Damage to Your Roof

Trees can damage your roof in four ways. It doesn’t always happen from fallen branches, but you want to remove fallen branches as soon as you notice them. Large branches can poke holes through your shingles and make the water flow into the house. The other potential ways that they can damage your roof include falling leaves and needles. It becomes debris on the roof that can absorb moisture and cause mold, moss or algae. You might add gutter guards to prevent debris accumulation in your gutters. Finally, falling trees can cause severe damage to the home. The fallen tree becomes a threat to anyone nearby. Beware of rotting trees near the home and cut them down before they can damage your home.

 

Inspect the Attic

You can tell if your roof has a problem if you see issues with mold in the attic or dampness. Do you smell mildew from roof mildew? If you suspect damage, don’t hesitate to call a professional since they can quickly pinpoint the source of the problem.

 

Clean the Gutters

Clean the gutters twice a year to prevent gutter mold or gutter mildew. That gives you the average, but how often depends on the foliage near your home. For example, pine trees shed up to one-third of their needles at the start of the late summer. This continues until November or December, and you may need to clean the gutters every three months in some cases.

 

Conclusion

Every spring, your roof requires an inspection to eliminate the things that could harm it. When you trim your trees, you reduce the number of leaves that you will need to clean out, which can make it advantageous. Good maintenance will ensure that your investment in your roof lasts for years to come. At Riley Hays Roofing and Construction, we can help you with this maintenance, and we can also assist you with any roof repairs needed. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.