Spring Cleaning: It’s that time of year once again. Sure, you need to de-clutter your garage and your basement, spruce up your landscaping and dust your common living areas, but that’s not the type of cleaning this guide is about. You need to give some attention to your roof too!
A long, snowy winter in Dayton, OH can leave your roof with leaks, missing shingles and mold. Of course, if you catch the problems right away, repairs can stay minimal. That’s why it’s a smart idea to go through a Spring Cleaning Checklist and assess the state of your home’s roof.
Here are four steps to get you started:
Clean Out Your Gutters
You may have cleaned out your gutters in the fall, but chances are they’re full of leaves and debris once again after the long winter. Either hire a professional, such as Helping Hands Restorations, or safely climb a ladder and make sure all pathways are clear, so water can flow uninhibited. A backup in your gutters during the rainy spring can have serious implications for your home.
While you’re cleaning, you also should check for signs of wear and tear on your gutters. It’s vital to make sure your gutters are functioning properly. A functional gutter system allows water to roll away quickly from your home and foundation into your yard where it can water your grass, flower gardens and shrubs. Properly maintained and functioning guttering and downspouts are critical to protecting your landscaping, foundation of your home, fascia board, window frames and siding. If you notice rust and corrosion, these are sure signs your gutters may need to be replaced, before they break away from the house and leave you without a way to direct precipitation off the roof and away from your home. Click HERE to learn more about Helping Hands Restorations’ Gutter Services in Dayton, OH.
Examine Your Roof for Loose Shingles and Flashing
Never climb up onto your roof — it’s too dangerous if you are not experienced— but examine the exterior from the ground. Look for any gaps in the shingling, or for shingles that are missing or seem to be loose and ready to fly off during the next high wind. You also should look for signs that your flashing is buckling or tearing away from the roof.
Call Helping Hands Restorations, a Dayton, OH Roofing Contractor, right away if you notice you have damage. We offer a FREE, no obligation 20-Point Roof Inspection. Click HERE to request a free roof inspection online. It’s cheaper to prevent problems from water damage now than to repair them later. It will become more extensive and expensive unless you use spring cleaning as an opportunity to address it.
Trim Nearby Branches
Have nearby trees grown and begun to cast a shadow on your roof? A hanging tree branch over your roof is an accident waiting to happen. As branches scrape against roof shingles on windy days, they can strip off layers of asphalt. Also, if the leaves fall directly onto your roof or into the gutter, this can lead to mold, deterioration or leaks. Even worse, if the tree is damaged or diseased, a storm can cause limbs to fall onto your home. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to safely cut back vegetation so it does not threaten your roof, or you can do it yourself if you have the proper equipment. This also will reduce the amount of leaves you’ll need to clean out of your gutters in the future. Call us today if you need recommendations for local, fully insured and affordable tree care companies.
Look at the Inside of Your Attic and Home
Lastly, check for any signs of water damage or mold inside your attic or on the ceiling in your home. If you see any staining or smell mildew, it’s wise to call us so we can pinpoint the exact cause of the damage and make the repair quickly, before it has a chance to get worse or costlier.
It’s the perfect season to make sure your roof is functioning properly and is in good condition. Get in touch with Helping Hands Restorations if you think you have a roofing or gutter issue and we’ll provide fast, professional service so that you can get back to focusing on other areas of your home that need spring cleaning as well. Call your Dayton, OH Roofing Company today at (937) 215-8663 or click HERE to fill out the online request for a free inspection.