Spring Checklist For Your Roof

Even though roof maintenance is a year-round process, the turning of the seasons is a great time to ensure that your roof is in top condition. Your roof may have been damaged by winter ice and snow, which makes it vulnerable to spring rain and wind. Now is an excellent time to have a trusted roofing contractor make sure your roof is equipped to handle the elements.

 

Inspect your roof

Start by visually examining your roof. Do you see loose materials, wear and tear around the pipes, loose shingles, or gaps between the shingles and the roof? If so, those are all signs of an aging and decaying roof, and it could mean that there’s moisture accumulating under the roofing material. Loose shingles can be blown off during a storm, and the installation of new shingles can sometimes be the only way to prevent this from happening.

 

Check the flashing

Flashing is found around chimneys, along the joints of your roof, and surrounding any attic vents and skylights. Flashing that has been separated will need to be resealed with caulking. Flashing that is beginning to rust or deteriorate should be replaced. Typically they are made of galvanized steel, which shouldn’t corrode, but it’s wise to check for rust just in case.

 

Check your gutters

Both downspouts and gutters need to be clear from debris in order to ensure water doesn’t damage your home. If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, rainwater can overflow on to your home’s foundation and cause damage. Clogged gutters can also cause problems with your roof. If the gutters are too full, they could possibly detach from the roof. This can lead to damage to your roof’s shingles and the exterior of your home. It can also cause water to leak under the roof shingles and cause damage inside your home.

 

Check the attic

If your home has an attic, check for any signs of water damage or mold. Make sure to check the floor and ceiling of the attic, because that’s where any leakage from the roof would originate.

 

Trim nearby branches

Trim any branches that are hanging over your roof. A spring storm can cause overhanging branches to fall onto your roof and cause damage.

 

Remove and prevent moss

Moss holds moisture, lifts shingles, stains your roof, and can cause serious water damage if left unmanaged. You can remove the bulk of the moss by hand scrubbing and using a garden hose. If you notice a large build-up of moss or algae during your inspection or don’t feel comfortable working on your roof, contact a roofing contractor that specializes in moss removal and prevention. Having zinc strips installed on your roof is also a great way to prevent future moss growth.

 

Ready to replace your roof?

If your roof is in bad shape, now is the perfect time to replace it. Contact Absolute Exteriors to get a free estimate on repairs or a new roof for your home in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.

Roofing Maintenance Myths

Homeowners deal with many decisions when it comes to the care and maintenance of their home. With so many differing opinions (and bad information) available, it’s best to consult a roofing professional when making these big decisions. Here are four of the most common roof maintenance myths and the real truth behind them.

 

Myth 1: Modern roofs require less maintenance.

Roofs have come a long way from their humble thatched beginnings. In the last 50 years, manufacturers have made great advances to produce more durable products that are easier and faster to install. Despite all of the improvements in the industry, a 20-year, maintenance-free roof doesn’t exist.

 

The truth is that the majority of roofs today need to be replaced prematurely because of failure to follow a maintenance schedule. Proactive maintenance, rather than reactive maintenance, can extend the life of your roof and help it continue at peak performance.

 

Myth 2: Insurance will cover the roof in the event of a leak.

Most insurance companies will not cover the cause of the leak, but will cover the interior damage after the deductible is met. It’s important to keep your roof in good condition and working properly. Instead of calling the insurance company first after a storm, a call to a qualified roofer will ensure the real problem is fixed faster.

 

Myth 3: You don’t need roof maintenance if you have a warranty.

Material roofing warranties cover manufacturer defects, but most roofing issues are caused by poor installation, inclement weather, or lack of maintenance. Regular inspections can help building owners identify issues when they are small and less costly to address before they lead to roof failure and allow moisture into a building.

 

Myth 4: Roofs only need to be inspected once a year.

This is the biggest myth of all. Roofs should be inspected at least twice a year – once in the beginning of winter before cold weather arrives, and once in the summer before strong heat and inclement weather arrives. Additionally, roofs should be inspected after big weather events, like thunderstorms that can bring tornados, extreme rain, and hail.

 

Need some help with roof maintenance? Learn how you can do an interior roof check.

Absolute Exteriors is here to help. We provide free inspections and can let you know if you need a repair or a whole new roof. Contact Absolute Exteriors to schedule your free estimate for your home’s roof in Ellisville, Chesterfield, Ballwin, and surrounding areas.