Spring is fast approaching, meaning that plenty of cleaning and home maintenance tasks will likely soon be on your to-do list. While you’re decluttering the closets and preparing the garden, however, don’t forget about your roof!
During the winter, your Denver roof is placed under significant strain from the elements. Whether it be snow, ice, or wind, your roof is likely to need some TLC when the weather starts to warm up. Any damage from the winter may get worse in the coming months if it’s not addressed promptly. Additionally, maintaining your roof now, before the peak of hail season here in Colorado strikes, you can protect your roofing system against further damage.
Read on to learn our top Denver roof maintenance tips for the spring season. By taking a proactive approach to your roof maintenance, you can avoid costly repair expenses and protect the lifespan of your roof.
When you think about maintaining your roof, giving your attic a thorough inspection probably isn’t what first comes to mind. However, many roof problems, (namely roof leakage) can be identified in your attic. Check the ceiling of your attic, in particular, for signs of water damage. Water stains, sagging, rot, discoloration, and mold development are all indicators that damage is likely present in your roof.
Your attic should also be adequately ventilated and insulation to protect not only your roof, but also your entire home. Spring is an excellent time to revisit the ventilation and insulation in your attic and make improvements as necessary. You can always contact your Denver roofers to install additional insulation in your roof and attic, as well as revamp your roof’s ventilation system.
Since the shingles are the outermost layer of your roofing system, the first signs of damage are often evident in the shingles, rather than the deeper layers of the roof. It’s important to note that it’s not safe for all homeowners to get up on their roofs to inspect the shingles. Instead, you can look at what you can from the ground, as well as check the ground surrounding your home for signs of broken shingles.
Cracks, loose nails, and curled edges are common types of shingle damage. Depending on the roofing material, it may be possible for your Denver roofers to replace individual shingles. Large patches of shingle damage will need more extensive roof repairs or even a full roof replacement. This depends on the extent of the damage and the age of your roofing system.
The spring season is a great time to give your gutters and downspouts a thorough cleaning. Clogged gutters can be caused by all types of outdoor debris, especially leaves and pine needles. A gutter clog will inhibit your home’s drainage system, causing water to leak out of your gutters whenever there’s a storm. This may cause water damage to the exterior of your home. So, this spring, clean your gutters by:
If you notice any damage to your gutters, contact your Denver roofing company for gutter repair services.
The roof flashing protects particularly vulnerable areas from leakage. Flashing is typically installed at the point where the roof slopes meet, as well as around chimneys, windows, and skylights.
Damaged flashing can increase your risk of a roof leak. So, make sure to have the flashing checked for rust and cracked caulking. Taking care of these issues early on this spring will help protect your home against water damage.
Scheduling a professional roof inspection this spring is one of the best ways to ensure that your roof is durable enough to withstand damage. Even if there isn’t any evident roof damage, having your Denver roofers look over the roof will make sure that any signs of damage are addressed promptly. This can also spare you from the cost of more extensive damage down the line.
Contact Spire Roofing today for professional help with Denver roofing maintenance this spring.