Purchasing a new asphalt roof can really put a huge dent into your bank account. Therefore, it’s a superlative idea to take care of the one that you’ve got. One way to do that is to adopt a maintenance routine. With that said, here’s a passing glance at five roofing tasks to complete this spring:
Check the Shingles
No matter where you live, there is a good chance that spring’s arrival will usher in a round of torrential rains. Unfortunately, that also means that you could be faced with a bumper crop of leaks. That’s what happened to me this year. A few raised roofing nails that went unnoticed cost me a large section of interior sheetrock. Therefore, I’d suggest that you inspect your roof for popped nails as well as warped and broken shingles.
Confronting Algae Issues
Sometimes, properly inspecting your roof’s shingles can become more difficult due to dirt and debris. This is especially the case in the southern half of the United States. I know, because I live in the region. Living here has taught me that algae tends to show up onto an asphalt shingle roof faster than a bill collector on pay day. Unfortunately, removing it can amplify your roof’s existing issues. Because of that, my husband and I just replace the shingles that are suspect. To us, the risk of damaging the shingles with cleaning products is one that we refuse to take.
Inspect Flashing and Vents
While you have the extension ladder out, be sure to check out your home’s flashing and vents too. If they are in disrepair, they can cause leaks too. I’d also suggest inspecting the areas around your home’s skylights, if you have them. I learned that from personal experience. The skylights in my parents’ former home would leak every spring. Thus, they made it a point to inspect them at least once a year.
Inspect the Gutters and Downspouts
Your home’s gutters and downspouts are another area that should be inspected in the spring. After all, the winter weather can be quite rough on them. You’ll want to look for missing and loose pieces, debris and rust. If any of those items are present, be sure that you attend to them straight-away. Oftentimes, a few hand tools, spare parts, rust retardant and a power washer are all that you need in order to get the job done.
Check the Existing Landscaping
Based on my experience, it is also a good idea to check your home’s existing landscaping. Trees, shrubs and climbing vines that are located close to your home should be trimmed before the rainy season starts. Otherwise, you could end up with shingle damage from falling or blowing items. Unruly vegetation could also lead to termite damage and other unpleasantries. As such, it never hurts to get an early jump on spring lawn care tasks.
Source: Personal Experience
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