Spring is here, and there is no better time to take a look at your roof and do a little maintenance. A little work each spring can save you a lot of money on roof repairs later on. There are two reasons why spring is the ideal time for roof inspection and maintenance. One, it immediately follows the winter when the weather was at its worst and roof damage is most likely. Two, mild spring weather provides the perfect conditions for getting up on your roof and doing a little work.
What to look for
When you get outside to take a look at your roof this spring, there are a number of things to look for. Take a close look at the shingles and see if any of them are loose, broken, or missing. Next look at the flashings around the chimney, vent caps, and any areas where the roof meets the walls. If you have a tree that overhangs your roof, chances are there will be some debris you’ll need to clear away. If a tree limb has fallen on your roof, your homeowner’s insurance may cover it.
While you are inspecting your roof you might as well have a look at your rain gutters as well. Make sure none of the fasteners have pulled loose. Make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves or other debris. Look carefully to see if the gutter runs are sagging at all.
Because roof repair is a difficult, and not to mention, hazardous job, it’s recommended that if you do find any damage that needs attention, it is best to hire a professional roofer to take a look and do the more major repairs.
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