It is nearing the first day of Spring and it is about time to get that list of “Spring Cleaning” chores started. It is easy to remember the inside of the home as it is the area with the most traffic, however, we must not forget the items above us that protect what matters most.
These are the items that we find extremely important, as they often get over looked.
Your roof is the first line of defense against Oklahoma weather, which takes a toll on a home year round. Contact a professional and local roofing contractor to perform an inspection on your roof. Quality roofers are experienced and trained to look for any potential threat of damage that may cause problems if not addressed.
Items a roofer may look for during your spring roof inspection include:
- Loose, broken and missing shingles or tiles
- Hail/wind damage to shingles
- Curled or blistered shingles
- Adequate ventilation
- Exposed nail heads
- Deteriorated rubber seals along pipe jacks
- Loose or missing flashings along walls, skylights and chimneys
- Damage to gutters
- Damaged vent collars and turbines
- Other signs that may lead to a potential leak
Properly functioning gutter systems will protect a home for many years when maintained seasonally. Gutters tend to get clogged from debris and leaves, especially during the fall, which makes the spring the most important time to inspect them. For example, clogged gutters cause water to pool in one area if the water can’t flow freely through the system, which may lead to much added weight and causing the gutters to sag. The overflow of water in this area may also cause more damage to the soffit, fascia boards and foundation.
You can check the performance of your gutter system by waiting for a rainy day. Take a look at the downspouts and ensure that water is emptying freely into the downspouts. Also, check around the perimeter of the home for water emptying over the gutter. If the downspout isn’t draining, and the water is leaking over the edges, you most likely need to spend some time clearing out your gutter system from debris.
While trees can add a great aesthetic quality to your property and some well needed shade in the summers, they can be detrimental to your roof and gutters if not properly maintained. Be sure that the limbs are trimmed back so they are not leaning or rubbing against the shingles, which could potentially cause granular loss or further damage to the shingles. Tree limbs resting on the shingles can also add moisture, enhancing the environment for the growth of mold and/or mildew.
Give us a call
A great way of getting your spring to-do list started is by giving us a call at 405-790-0109 for your FREE inspection. Our knowledgeable technicians will provide you with a consultation and photos of any areas they believe should be addressed to help prolong the life of your roof and gutters.