As the seasons change, your roof will need to be prepared for the many showers of spring. After a long, harsh winter, snow and ice can do a great deal of damage to a roof. Carrying out a roof inspection and conducting a few repairs will help to ensure your roof is prepared for the onslaught of rain that will be coming in spring.
Inspect Your Roof After the Thaw
Many homeowners find themselves with roof problems once the ice and snow of winter start to fade as the temperatures warm. Even the sturdiest of roofs can take a beating during a harsh winter.
You should conduct a thorough inspection of your roof after each season, but it is especially vital after winter. You can perform a ground inspection first, using a pair of binoculars. If you do not have binoculars and feel safe on a ladder, you can inspect your roof up close.
Signs of Roof Damage
There are a few different signs that should alert homeowners of damage to their roof. When damage has occurred, due to the ravages of winter, seeking prompt repairs is essential for the prevention of further damages that will be costlier to repair.
Homeowners often do not realize their roof has suffered damage until they begin to experience internal leaks. If you notice drips inside your home, wet spots, or water stains on the ceilings, these signs point to a compromised roof.
Inspect Your Attic for Signs of Problems
The attic of a home is one of the most overlooked. When a roof inspection is carried out, the attic needs to be checked. Your attic can offer clues as to how well your roof is providing protection. Should you notice any of the following, it is likely the roof is damaged.
Check the Gutters and Downspouts
The gutters and downspouts of a home are critical for protecting your foundation from water damage. If the gutters are not doing their job, water will be allowed to flow down the walls of your home, and it will pool along the foundation, leading to its degradation.
Multiple issues can begin to arise with a gutter system. Gutter systems can last around twenty years, but they can begin to experience damage before their lifespan is complete. Should homeowners notice any of the following signs with their gutters or downspouts, they need to consider hiring the professionals for repairs.
Repair the Damage Right Away
If you notice any of the above damages, they must be repaired before spring comes in and places more pressure on your vulnerable roof or gutter system.
Some repairs may be best left to the professionals, depending on the severity of the damage. Tightening the anchors of your gutter system, replacing any missing or damaged shingles, and ensuring all holes are plugged can help your roof to avoid becoming damaged during spring’s sometimes erratic weather.
Taking the time to ensure your roof is prepared for spring is a vital step in keeping your home from water damage. It does not take long to perform these inspections, and you will save money repairing the damage right away instead of waiting.
Waiting too long to seek roof and gutter repair could lead to further damage that becomes even more difficult and expensive to repair. If you do not feel confident carrying out the repairs, make sure to call a roofing contractor to ensure the work is carried out to exacting specifications.
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