Roof Maintenance For The New Year

by Gail Brumfield

The winter months will be over before you know it. As the colder months turn into spring, you should review the outside of your home to check out it’s condition, especially if you experienced heavy snowfall or inclement weather. Once things have warmed up a bit outside your home, it’s time to check things over and handle some light maintenance to ensure your home is in good shape for the spring. Use the list below as a checklist for your review.

Clean Your Gutters

In order for water to run off your roof to the ground, you’ll need to make sure your gutters are clear! If they’re clogged up, it can mean standing water on the rooftop, which can lead to a variety of problems like leaks and water damage.

Get a Checkup from a Professional

Many roofing companies will come inspect your roof for a relatively low cost. It’s easy to find one, simply pull up Google in your favorite web browser and type in the service you’re looking for followed by the closest major city. For instance, if you live in Atlanta, Georgia, you’d type in “roofing atlanta” to see some of the best roofing companies in your area. A professional roofer will conduct a thorough analysis of your roof and let you know if there are any urgent repairs that need to be made, as well as any problems that might grow into larger ones over time. Preventative measures could save you big in the long run, so make sure to carefully consider the feedback you receive from a roofer.

Roof Repair - Replace missing shingles before the spring

Replace Loose Shingles

If your roof has missing shingles, make sure to replace them! Rain is common during the spring, and you’ll want to make sure your shingles are in good shape before your house is getting soaked in water. More rain means less days where someone can safely work on your roof, so you’ll want to ensure to take care of this problem ahead of time.

Check on Your Siding

Your siding might not seem like a component of your home’s exterior that you’d normally check on when examining your roofing, but problems with your siding can affect your roof, and vice versa. When reviewing the condition of your roofing, make sure to check on your siding as well. Take note of the condition of your siding near the roof line and look for any areas that may be water damaged or cracked, or for spots where the siding is coming away from your home. Many professional roofers also offer siding services as well, so you can often work with one service provider to address both issues.