The longer days of springtime are almost upon us. Emporia weather turns from chilly cold wintery days to comfortable temperatures of the 70s and 80s in spring. The short sleeves and shorts can come out while the coats and hats get packed away. Spring is a time to mow the grass, plant some flowers, and open the windows to let the fresh air in. It is also a time to access the exterior of a home for any damages that need to be addressed. What are some common things to look for when inspecting your roof every spring?
Shingles can warp and split due to cold temperatures, especially on the edges of a roof. Also look for areas of shingle loss, bent edges, or buckling of the shingles. An annual inspection is a perfect time to also evaluate the edges of your roof to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming year.
Clean the Gutters
Believe it or not, the gutter system plays a vital role in a healthy roof. 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. (Learn why you need gutter guards.)
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 beautifully leads to our next point, pests. Those little critters are adorable in nature, but certainly not when they raise their families in or on a roof! Those small animals come out of hibernation in the spring and are ready for food and creating nests. A gutter is a perfect shape to build a small nest and many animals begin there. Look for evidence of squirrels, mice, ants, raccoons, or birds making their little home on 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 roof professional in Emporia 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 Shull Construction in Emporia.
We have had members of our crew work for us since 2002! We have seen it all and worked on it all when it comes to all things roofing. We maintain the highest standards on your property and the materials we use are top-of-the-line. We are true roofers and true neighbors! We cherish the communities we work in and treat all of our customers as if we are family. Contact us today and let’s set up that inspection to make sure your roof is prepared for another season.