Everyone is grateful for the arrival of spring, but with the warmer temperatures comes the danger of water damage. Between melting snow and spring showers there is a lot of opportunity for water damage to occur to your roof. If you want to protect your roof this season, here are some things you can do.
Conduct a visual examination of your roof from the exterior of your home. Common problems like missing or damaged shingles can represent an opportunity for water damage to affect your roof. Replacing these shingles in a timely manner is key to preventing water damage. Have a roofer come in to inspect the structure and provide advice about which shingles might need to be replaced and whether or not it’s time for a new roof.
If water damage to your roof has already occurred, your attic may be the best place to spot it. Look at the ceiling to find any bubbles or dark patches that might indicate water damage from the spring rains. It might be necessary to replace certain wall and ceiling components if a leak in the roof has caused water damage. Don’t just rely on what you can see to determine whether or not there is water damage in the attic. Use your nose to sniff out rotting wood or the smell of standing water to detect leaks that might not be visible.
Spring rain means that gutters and downspouts are working overtime. They may not be up to the task, particularly if that spring downpour is accompanied by melting snow. Gutter maintenance is an important part of spring cleaning because it can ensure that moisture isn’t backing up and getting trapped on your roof. If you don’t already have them, spring would be the ideal time to ask a roofer to install gutter guards. These handy devices keep debris from clogging up gutters and downspouts.