Fortunately, it’s getting warmer outside, and we’re all ready for days on the boat, afternoon barbecues, and sunset strolls. But before you start feeling the dog days of summer, it’s important that you take care of certain spring-cleaning tasks. This includes caring for your roofing system.
Winter weather can be really tough on roofing in states that get snow and ice, but fortunately here in Florida, our winters are mild. However, we have a stormy season on the way, so you should take care of these tasks soon as a preventative measure. Follow Goodfriend’s spring maintenance tips to keep your roof in tip-top shape through the coming months.
To-Do #1: Clean Your Gutters
When preparing your home for the stormy season of spring, make sure to clean out your gutters. Dirt, leaves, pine cones, and other debris likely built up throughout the winter as the trees dropped their leaves, which can clog the drains and prevent water from flowing off of your roof.
This may lead to standing water on your roof, that can leak down beneath your shingles and eventually into your attic. This water damage can cause significant issues within your home from structural instability to hazardous mold growth. Cleaning your gutters reduces the risk of rain getting stuck without a clear exit.
Cleaning your gutters is one of the best things you can do to care for your roof to prevent standing water from seeping into your shingles.
Stay safe and call your Goodfriends to clean your gutters for you! No need to put yourself at risk – (813) 579-5789.
To-Do #2: Trim Back Your Trees
Overhanging tree branches are one of the greatest hazards for roofing. They not only clog your gutters when dropping leaves but can also break off and puncture your roof. This will inevitably lead to damp, shaded areas that will encourage mold growth and ultimately cause big problems for your property. Trim your trees, please!
To-Do #3: Check Insulation & Ventilation
Ensure your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. This will prevent moisture from forming, especially when there are storms and your roof gets wet.
To-Do #4: Schedule an Inspection
Don’t wait until you see obvious signs of damage to get a roof inspection. A professional inspection can prevent minor bumps and bruises from becoming potentially catastrophic problems. This is the best and safest way to identify any problems. Homeowners should also keep an eye out for signs of water damage, such as wall or ceiling leaks and damage visible from the ground or upstairs windows.
When Goodfriend inspects your roof, we will conduct the following procedures:
- Inspect for loose, curling, or damaged shingles
- Inspect Soffits, Fascia, and Vents for animal nests and other debris
- Check for loose Flashing or metal strips that seal gaps
- Check for cracked or impaired caulking
- Check for signs of fungus or algae
- Examine the exterior of chimneys for signs of damage
To-Do #5: Make Necessary Repairs
If your roof inspection reveals any damaged, broken, missing, or worn-out shingles or panels, it’s important that you take immediate action. You could be one bad storm away from a serious devastation to not just your roof, but your home and your family. Also, the more quickly you handle repairs, the less expensive it will be. The cost of roof repair can add up quicker than you may expect.
Facing Roof Damage > Repair or Replace?
Stay Ahead of Damage with Goodfriend Roofing
Spring is a great time of year to complete home tasks such as a roof inspection. Before the rainy season takes a strong grip, prepare your home with care and reinforcements. Goodfriend Roofing will ensure your roof is in the best condition to increase its longevity and will help prevent any major damage.
Contact your Goodfriends to get your free quote. Goodfriend Roofing is a friend you can count on!