Spring is an excellent time to address some home maintenance projects. It feels so nice to open the windows and let the winter stale air escape. It is great to walk around outside without a hat, gloves, and a winter coat. We love the joyfulness that Spring tends to come with! This is an ideal time to investigate the condition of our roofs and make sure it’s ready for the upcoming summer season. What should I look for?
Areas of Damage
Shingles can warp and split due to cold temperatures, especially on the edges of a roof. An annual inspection is a perfect time to evaluate the edges of your roof to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming year. For obvious reasons, any damaged areas need to be addressed quickly. Damaged shingles could be:
- Missing shingles
- Bent or curled shingles
- Loose granules
- Cracked shingles
Contact Prominent Roofing in Minneapolis for a quick and easy inspection. We will keep you up to date on everything from granule loss and rapid aging to potential leaks and major damages so you can take the necessary steps to take care of your roof.
Do you notice any areas of discoloration on the ceilings of your attic? Perhaps areas where there was water and it seeped into the ceiling or walls? This is a serious concern as these are indications of water damage, which means more issues are going on with your roof. Water damage can lead to mold, mildew, and rot. Make sure to have these areas addressed and sealed up before the summer storms approach.
Clean the Gutters
Believe it or not, the gutter system plays a vital role in a healthy roof. Be sure to inspect the condition of the gutters when you look at the roof. If there is any debris buildup in the gutter system, this is a perfect time to clean them out and make sure water flows freely. The spring rains will be upon the rooftops soon, and there needs to be a place for all of that water to flow to.
If you don’t have gutters guards, perhaps it is wise to consider investing in some. Gutter guards are a mesh or screen used to keep large substances out of the gutter system. Small debris and particles can still filter through, but no more pine needles, nests, or piles of leaves.
This leads us to the next point: pests. Those little critters are adorable in nature, but certainly not when they raise their families on or on a roof! Many small animals come out of hibernation in the spring and are ready for food and creating nests. Look out for evidence of squirrels, mice, ants, raccoons, or birds making their little home in your home.
Many roofing materials contract and expand slightly due to the changes in seasons. Sealants should be inspected to make sure they can withstand another warm season. Sealants surround the rooftop flashing and protecting it from water sneaking and damaging the surfaces underneath. Many times it is hard for the homeowner to determine if the sealants are still strong enough to protect. This is an excellent opportunity to contact a professional who can detect the quality of the sealant.
Damage from Trapped Moisture
Were you able to do a fall inspection in preparation for winter? Many times, we forget about that one! There may be a pile of old leaves and pine needles nestled in a corner holding in moisture. That is a sign there could be potential damage underneath. The moisture along with added rainstorms may not allow this area of a roof to fully dry out. Make sure to remove the wet, damp areas before the critters find them.
A thorough inspection in the spring will prepare your roof for an enjoyable summer ahead. This is a perfect time to address any issues and make sure all is sound and secure. If you have any questions or concerns about the inspection and evaluation of your roof, please do not hesitate to contact Prominent Roofing in Minneapolis!