As spring (slowly) arrives in the Rockies, now is the time to start your spring roof clean-up! Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof; spring roof cleaning and inspections will not only make your home look better, it can also extend the life of your roof. Is your roof ready for spring?
Here are some tips for you and your home as we look toward warmer weather:
Trim Tree Limbs
The first item on the agenda in your spring roof clean-up is checking the trees surrounding your home and roof. Make sure tree limbs are not touching your roof. If they are, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.
Clean Up Pine Needles and Leaves
The next item on the agenda for your spring roof clean-up is checking for debris, such as pine needles and leaves. In addition to tree limbs that may be vacationing atop your home, pine needles and leaves need to be cleared off of your roof. Sure, a few here and there are fine, but if they build up and amass enough to hold moisture, they need to be cleared off the roof. Any debris on your roof that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. When cleaning off your roof, take extra precaution not to damage your shingles.
Check For Moss
The next agenda item to tackle in your spring roof clean-up is checking for moss! Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridge-line; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.
… And Mold
Discolored streaks on your roof tend to indicate that there is mold, algae, or fungus present, which can eat away at the roofing material. Loss of material = roof leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold, but do not not power wash shingles! Doing so can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.
Assess Gutter Damage
This is a very important item on the agenda in your spring roof clean-up! The Rocky Mountains tends to yield snow with higher moisture content. Heavy snow from the winter season can lead to gutter damage, and any leftover leaves and debris from last fall can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain comes, thoroughly check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly
along the roof line.
Get A Professional Roof Inspection
Finally, one of the best steps you can take in your spring roof clean-up is getting a professional inspection! A complete inspection by Berlet Roofing can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof. Call us today at 970-846-9816 to get your FREE INSPECTION!
Tackling these potential issues in as quickly as possible will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many more years to come!