We don’t want to jinx it, but it appears that spring is right around the corner. Finally! It’s a good time to get ready for the spring cleaning around your home. This includes your roof.
Idaho Falls roofing means dealing with a long and usually snowy winter. This can lead to leaks, disappearing shingles and mold for your roof. As with most things, if you can catch these issues before they get too bad, you can really limit the repairs that will be needed.
We recommend inspecting the status of your roof as part of your spring cleaning. We suggest doing a few things to check out your roof.
Clean Your Gutters
You might be surprised to see what is in your gutters at the end of winter. Most likely, there will be leaves along with some other debris. Use a ladder to make sure the pathways in your gutters are clear so any water can flow uninhibited. Clogged gutters can cause some big problems for your home — especially if you get a lot of rain.
While you are at it, take a look at the gutters for any signs that they are wearing out. If you notice rust and corrosion, those are signs that it may be time for new gutters.
Clean The Roof
Idaho Falls 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 a roof and 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.
Check Your Shingles
We do not recommend getting on the roof yourself. In most cases, you can see what you need to see from the ground. You want to look for gaps in your shingles and any pieces that appear loose. Those can easily fly away in a strong wind.
Something else to look for is any signs that your flashing is starting to come off. Flashing is thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier system. In modern buildings, flashing is intended to decrease water penetration at objects such as chimneys, vent pipes, walls, windows and door openings to make buildings more durable and to reduce indoor mold problems. Metal flashing materials include lead, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, zinc alloy and other materials. If you have any repairs that need to be made, call Premier Roofing Idaho Falls and we’ll get the job done.
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.
Check Inside 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.
Premier Roofing Idaho Falls
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 Idaho Falls and surrounding areas. We offer free evaluations and inspections. Call us today!