With the snow beginning to melt and warmer temperatures on the rise, the time for spring cleaning is quickly approaching. When it comes to spring cleaning, not only do you have a list of things that need to get done inside your home, but also outside your home. Not sure where to start? Read on to learn how to be sure your roof and gutters are in the best shape possible heading into spring.
Check Shingles for Damage
High winds and heavy snow can cause major issues on your rooftop during the winter months. Snow can add additional weight and strain to your roof. It can also cover up debris that should not be on your shingles. When it comes to wind damage, the edges of your roof are usually the most vulnerable. If enough shingles are peeled back during a high wind storm, your roof’s insulation will be exposed and can become very susceptible to water damage. Once the snow and ice has thawed, it is important to walk around the perimeter of your home to ensure that your shingles are not only in place, but are free of debris and mold.
Tree branches can scrape the protective layer off your shingles or knock them down completely. Large piles of natural debris that are left on the rooftop can collect moisture and lead to the development of mold and mildew. Discolored streaks on a roof is a good indication that mold is developing. This type of damage can greatly reduce the lifespan of the roof. To reduce tree branches from falling on your roof, make it a habit to regularly trim the trees that are close to the house.
Check Gutters for Damage
If you are picking up debris in your yard and off your roof, chances are you also have debris lodged in your gutters. Ensuring that your gutters are clean can help prevent serious issues from developing. Your gutter system is an essential part of your home and is responsible for keeping water away from the inside of your home and foundation.
Here are a few ways to spot clogged gutters:
- Dripping gutters when it rains
- Overflowing gutters when it rains
- Pooling water on your lawn or near your foundation
- Water in the inside of your home, such as your basement or roof
- Finding small critters in your home that are nesting in your gutters
To be sure that your gutters are in working order during every season, be sure to closely inspect them twice a year, once in the spring and once in the early fall. After an outdoor inspection, if you discover that your roof or gutters are in need of replacement after the harsh winter months, give Exterior Remodel and Design a call today. As Omaha’s most trusted contractors, you can count on us for craftsmanship unmatched by other roofing companies in the area.