Now that the snow has receded, the weather has begun to warm, and the sun is shining here in the Hudson Valley, it’s tempting to get outside and enjoy the weather after the long winter. At Peak Construction, we support that sentiment wholeheartedly, with one simple request. While you’re outside this spring, take a few minutes and inspect your home’s roof.
Why Does Your Roof Need Attention?
The winter elements can negatively affect your roof and cause excess wear and tear on your shingles, gutters, and flashings. In addition, the buildup of debris can cause problems throughout the spring and summer seasons. Giving your roof a thorough once-over when the winter season is over can help you prevent further issues later in the year.
Be sure to address these issues:
- Excess debris. You can expect to have a certain amount of leaves, pine needles, twigs, and other debris on your roof. However, excess buildup can block gutters and retain moisture. Clear your roof of any excess debris.
- Overhanging branches. Inspect the trees surrounding your home for any branches hanging over your roof. Consider hiring a tree service to remove such branches before they cause a problem.
- Clogged or crooked gutters. Check to ensure your gutters aren’t clogged with debris. At the same time, ensure all gutters are firmly attached and properly aligned to help funnel moisture away from your roof.
- Mold, mildew, or algae. Streaked or otherwise discolored shingles are often the first sign of these organisms. You can remove with a bleach spray, but it is important not to compromise the integrity of the shingles themselves. Keep in mind that excess mold is a sign that your roof is retaining excess moisture.
- Missing roofing elements. Look over your roof for missing shingles, gutters, flashings, and vents. Missing roofing elements can lead to leaks and further roof damage. Missing elements are a sign that your roof needs repair or replacement.
It is often best to contact a professional contractor to perform a roof inspection. Contractors can help you determine what issues should be addressed immediately, as well as provide you with an estimate for any repairs.