The signs of spring are starting to show which means that it is time to get to work around the home. After all, they call it “spring cleaning” for a reason. A wise thing to do is to include some Pocatello roofing in your spring cleaning schedule. Here are some spring residential roofing maintenance tips to help you with your roof because we know that it is tough to decide where to start.
Clean Those Gutters
You might as well start here. You’ll want to grab a ladder and clean out any debris that has gotten into the gutters and surrounding areas of your roof. During the winter months, sticks and leaves, and who knows what else can collect in the gutters. This debris can block the gutter canal and may lead to expensive damage to your roof and siding if it is not taken care of in the right way. Please contact us if you need any help to perform this task safely.
Clean The Roof
Pocatello Roofing can be negatively impacted by unclean materials. You’ll want to remove any dirt, moss, bird poop and mildew that you can to keep your roof in the best condition possible. If you are doing this job yourself, which is not recommended unless you have the equipment to do it safely, make sure you used the proper cleaning agent to go with the material your roof is made of. In general, it is best to avoid using pure bleach because it can take about the color and damage roofing materials. You should also avoid the use of a pressure washer. Using one could cause damage to your shingles and a regular garden hose should be enough anyway.
Now you are ready to check your shingles. Did you find any that are loose? Any that are broken? How about cracked? If so, these need to be replaced. Also, check for any nails that are sticking up or missing. This can lead to shingles going missing and you don’t want that. If you find that there are a lot of shingles missing or damaged, it might be a good time for a Pocatello roofing replacement.
Trim Your Branches
If you have trees growing near your home, sooner or later you’ll have branches getting close to your roof. These can cause accidents if they are left unchecked. They can also reach onto your roof and do damage to the shingles — causing them to lose their protective granules.
It would be a good idea to consult with a professional to trim those branches in a safe manner that will also be good for the health of your trees. Keeping the trees near your home trimmed will also reduce the leaves that collect in your gutters.
You will also want to look for any signs of water damage to your home. The things you should be looking for are cracks or soft spots on your roof. If you happen to find any areas of water damage or a leak, give us a call as soon as you can. Taking care of these issues quickly will be an important step towards preventing other issues from making your problem worse. One example of this is rot. If you’ve got water damage, you’ll likely need a professional to make the repairs.
Don’t Forget The Attic
A look inside the attic and around your ceiling should tell you whether you have problems with water damage or mold that are roof-related. Be sure to give us a call if there is any staining or a mildew smell. We will help you find the source of the problem and get it remedied before it can grow into a larger issue.
Prevention Goes A Long Way
With a little bit of preventative maintenance and routine inspections, you can extend the life of your roof. There is no better time to make a checklist for your roof. If you find any issues with your roof or just have a question about what you found, give us a call. We install and repair shingle metal, and flat roofs, siding, windows and rain gutters across Pocatello and surrounding areas. We offer free evaluations and inspections. Call us today!