Spring is right around the corner and while that means warming temperatures and a return to the growing seasons, it can also signal an important time in the life of your roof. Typically something that many homeowners don’t think about until a problem arises, taking a few simple steps to ensure your home is protected can go a long way in keeping something from happening down the line. While not every issue is going to be preventable, there are a number of problems which can either be avoided altogether or at least, have their impact marginalized by a homeowner who is proactive in their appreciation for roofing importance. The outer layer protecting your residence, belongings, and those you love from Mother Nature and outside elements, consider following these guidelines and steps to ensure everyone is taken care of this spring.
As a homeowner, knowing the age of your roofing system is critically important. Not only does this help determine how much attention should be warranted for different components of the checklist, but it also allows those doing the inspection to notice if any unwarranted signs from simple aging are apparent. Knowing how long you can expect a roof to last will help in this area. However, different roofing systems and materials allow a bit of variance in their lifespan, however, most newly installed roofs will typically last anywhere from 20-30 years with regular wear and tear.
As spring approaches and the weather allows, your Denver Roofing company
wants you to consider each of the following to protect your property from any potential roofing hazards.
It’s important to clean your gutters and the spring makes perfect sense for completing this task. All fall and winter the weather hasn’t cooperated for completing many outdoor tasks but gutters have continually been collecting leaves, twigs, and other debris. These actions can leave gutter systems clogged and perhaps on the verge of a serious issue when heavy rains arrive.
Instead of waiting, go ahead and ensure your gutters are clean and free of any potential blockages. As the spring showers begin to occur, your water will flow freely from the roof, into the gutters and down away from the home.
A roof inspection obviously involves being able to examine the shingles or other materials from atop the property but taking a look inside the building is also required. Begin your inspection within the home’s interior, either along the second story or in the attic to see if any discoloration in the ceiling tiles or within the upper levels are noticeable. This could be the sign of water leaking through and should be given appropriate attention if discovered.
Safety is also important when conducting a roof evaluation as getting atop the structure is necessary. While some damage may be noticeable from the ground level, a thorough examination involves taking a look at the shingles or roof covering directly.
Remove Limbs and Debris
While completing the inspection and atop the property don’t forget to remove any loose limbs or branches which may have come to rest on the roof during the winter. Not only will this keep these items from trickling into the gutter and causing a blockage but it can also take stress off the roof itself.
Take note of any excessive build up of twigs or tree limbs while on the roof and consider trimming or taking down trees which could cause damage to the property in the event they ever fell. Storms and damaging winds can cause larger limbs to break, in addition to toppling older trees or those which may have been weakened by earlier weather.
In addition, any tree limbs which come in direct contact with the roof or sides of a home should be eliminated. The constant contact and movement created from winds could potentially cause a bigger issue and can be avoided with early detection and removal.
Mold and Mildew
While algae stains on asphalt shingles is not a common occurrence around the Denver area, any home which is subject to large amounts of shade has the potential to build up a damp atmosphere where mold and mildew can thrive. While these are a significant eyesore for homeowners, the damage is, in fact, minimal but should be taken care of before the problem becomes too large for a simple solution.
Maintaining proper air flow from the roof and attic or second-level of a home, coupled with a clean and clear area above the surface can help to eliminate any concern for mold, mildew, or algae buildup.
Finally, take a look at any flashing components of the roof to check the solidarity of these materials. Installed where either vent pipes or some other structure - chimney, exhaust, etc. penetrates the roof itself, this material keeps moisture from breaching into the home.
Any absence of such material or places that have been peeled back or may be broken should be replaced or repaired immediately. Instead of waiting to find out there has been a piece of flashing missing when a spring rainstorm allows water to penetrate into the home, taking steps now to ensure there is a tight seal around all such areas can pay dividends in the long run.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!