IT’S TIME FOR YOUR ROOF SPRING CLEANING
Now that spring is upon us, homeowners all over the country will begin their spring cleaning. But this shouldn’t be limited to the inside of your house. You should also extend it to a roof spring cleaning.
To keep your roof in good condition, it’s recommended to have your roof checked every fall and spring. Doing so can save your roof from potential extensive damage that could occur.
The following steps will help you to ensure that your roof lasts through the winter and spring months and keep your roof in good condition for years to come.
The first step to a good roof spring-cleaning is to clean your gutters. The most important thing in cleaning your gutters is safety. As with any time a ladder is needed, not being careful can result in serious injury. To avoid this, make sure you have someone with you when you clean your gutters.
Clogged gutters can cause problem during the spring and winter months so it’s important to clean your gutters around these months. In cold environments, clogged gutters can cause ice build-up and ice dams during the winter months. This not only can cause severe damage to your roof but it can also lessen the life of your roof. In the spring, clogged gutters can lead to water overflowing. If this is left unchecked, it can cause damage to the foundation of the building.
If you’re manually cleaning your gutters, remove any leaves, twigs, and seeds that may have been collecting in your gutter of the winter months. You won’t want to flush you gutter before cleaning it because you could potentially end up with a clogged downspout. After the debris is cleaned out, then you use a hose to flush out any of the small remaining residue that may still be inside your gutter. Also flush out anything that could be caught in the downspouts. This will ensure you will have a completely clean gutter heading into the spring months.
Check for Wear
Cleaning out your gutters is only half of the equation when it comes to your annual roof spring-cleaning. The next part is to inspect your roof for any loose materials or wear that might have accumulated during the previous months. This is especially important around your pipes as wear around your pipes can lead to other problems.
If you have any loose materials on your roof, it could lead to moisture accumulation under your roof covering. Moisture under your roof covering could lead to mold build-up, which could lead to health issues for you and your family. That makes it imperative that these problems be found and corrected as soon as possible.
Fungus and algae have the ability to collect on your roof over a period of months so it’s important that you look for these problems during your inspection of your roof.
The most important things to check during your inspection are the metal parts of your roof. Like any other metal, these have the ability to rust. If the metal areas of your roof are rusting, use a wire brush on the area and then prime and paint the metal to clean it.
Also make sure the fascia, coping, and other perimeter edge metal is safe and secure. In the event of severe weather, an unsecure roof edge is one of the biggest causes of roof failure. To make sure everything is safe and secure with your roof, include the ceilings inside the building to your checklist. Stains on the ceiling can be isolated and quickly repaired but can lead to major problems if left unchecked and untreated.
While some problems you may find on your roof may require the work of a contractor, others just need a good roof cleaning. In addition to making your roof look like new, a professional roof cleaning can fix issues of fungus, algae, and potentially mold from growing on your roof.
With spring having arrived, it’s time for your annual spring cleaning. You have probably already planned on your spring cleaning chores inside your house but you should also include roof spring cleaning to that list as you should clean your gutters and inspect your roof twice a year. If you determine you need a professional roof cleaning, call on Roof Cleaning Pros & Pressure Washing to do the job.