The longer days of springtime are almost upon us. Denver weather begins to turn and 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. Springtime storms can cause great damage to a roof that has just gone through a brutal winter. What can be done to make sure your roof is secure and ready to face any potentially damaging storms?
Clean the Gutters
Believe it or not, the gutter system plays a vital role in a healthy roof. Be sure to 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.
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.
After exploring the condition of gutters, be aware of pests. Those little critters are adorable in nature, but certainly not when they raise their families in or on a roof! Many small animals come out of hibernation in the springtime and are ready for food and creating nests. Look out 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 professional 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 this 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.
One may not realize the importance of reviewing the stature of a nearby tree when discussing common springtime roofing problems. However, as those trees grow, the branches and limbs can reach out over a home and during a strong summer storm, break off and cause damage to the roof. By taking some time in the spring, and trimming back trees, the chances of broken limbs falling on a roof are minimized.
Please call an expert tree specialist when you notice areas to be trimmed back. They are skilled and have the proper equipment to successfully and safely trim a tree with ease and professionalism.
Place your trust in a roofing contractor that can successfully inspect and evaluate your roof for any potential complications. Modern Roofing Group has the knowledge, skill, and expertise to forecast any damages, and we can assist with minor roof repairs up to a full roof replacement. We have been serving the local community with exemplary results and we daily maintain superior craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and best-in-class customer service.
Remember, a thorough inspection in the spring can address any damages incurred over the winter months, and prepare the home for the springtime storms and the summer events. The lull in the weather 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 Modern Roofing Group in Denver Roofs are our specialty!