Springtime Roof Maintenance
Now that the winter snow has melted away, the icicles are no longer hanging on the eaves, and the holidays have quickly passed, it is time for some annual spring cleaning. The harsh winter weather often finds rooftops covered with snow, ice, leaves, and limbs that have fallen off of trees.
This can be detrimental to your rooftop. Now that the winter months have passed, it is time to perform some annual spring cleaning and maintenance in order to keep your roof in the best condition possible all year long. Below are a few spring roof maintenance tips to get you started.
Cleaning and Inspecting Gutters
Gutters on the roof quickly become clogged with leaves, limbs and other debris after the snow and ice have melted. When gutters overflow because of obstruction, excess water causes damage to the roof, walls, and foundation around your home. Now is the time to ensure your gutters are in the best possible condition, working correctly, and attached properly all around your roof. Side note, the majority of Santa Fe, NM roofs are flat. Check out about how gutters are super important for flat roofs.
Inspect the Attic – If You Have One
Always make a trip up into the attic area to visually inspect the roof for any water damage. If there are signs of water damage or other visual roofing problems, take care of them now, or call an expert in the roofing business to help.
Trimming Trees – All roofing professionals recommend that trimming tree branches is essential to maintaining your roof. Any branches on trees that come inside a distance of eight feet near the rooftop should be cut or trimmed.
Cleaning and Inspecting the Roof
Always inspect your rooftop. It could have a coating of debris covering it, making it difficult to notice problems and issues. Clean everything off until you have a clear picture of the entire surface. Knowing how to clean a roof can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you need help inspecting your roof, we gladly help for free!
Look for Rust and Mold
If you have metal areas on your roof, always check for signs of rust. If you notice rust, use a wire brush to clean it entirely. Next, prime the area and paint it with a fresh coat of paint. If you notice areas covered in algae or mold, lead or zinc strips should be installed.
Check the Flashing and Mortar
Always inspect the flashing on the roof to make sure it’s firm and in good condition. In damaged areas, strip off the old caulk, clean and scrub the area, and reseal the refreshed area. If you see areas of cracked caulking and mortar, seal those areas with a new product.
Some of the simplest spring roof maintenance tips, such as knowing how to clean a roof, are regularly ignored. These minor problems can add up to be very costly if not taken care of regularly. It is less painful to spend a few dollars now on regular maintenance rather than spending a fortune on a major repair later.
If you need any help at all, feel free to reach out to us!