Roofs in Spring: Here’s What to Expect
Once the harshness of the winter months has passed, you may think your roof is finally able to rest easy. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Roofs in spring can bring some serious roofing issues you must look out for as a homeowner to prevent worse problems down the road.
Since your roof is one of the most important structural elements of your home, you need to know exactly what to look out for and be proactive about keeping it in the best possible shape. Today, let’s cover the most common roofing system issues homeowners face in the spring months and what you can do to prevent them.
Common Springtime Roofing System Problems
Once temperatures get higher, any ice or snow leftover from the winter months can create leaks in your roof. Check for stains, drips, and moisture buildup in your home’s interior to be sure your roof isn’t leaking. Water damage is one of the biggest threats to the lifespan of any home, so you need to ensure your roof can continue acting as the durable shield it’s meant to be.
Animals and Insects
If your roof has any damage from winter storms, from loose shingles to cracked siding or a long-unused chimney, small animals will quickly make a new home for themselves. Keep your eyes and ears open for their leavings and try to locate them quickly if they’ve taken up shop in your attic or elsewhere in your home.
Proper drainage is the most important part of keeping water from destroying your roof. If your gutters and downspouts become clogged, loosened, or otherwise defective, you can end up with considerable damage to your roof and the rest of your home. Check your gutters frequently and ensure they’re debris-free throughout the spring.
If you live in an area with frequent, heavy snows, you need to look out for damage to your roof’s structural integrity. If any area of your roof is sagging, leftover melt and spring rains can wreak havoc on your roof and lead to severe condensation and moisture buildup in your roof system and the attic below.
Mold or Algae Buildup
Similar to the previous point, if your roof spent a lot of time underwater, there’s a good chance it may have developed some (hopefully) minor mold or algae growth. If you notice any discoloration or actual buildup of these harmful life-forms, it’s critical you contact a professional roof inspector ASAP.
Get a Spring Roof Inspection
Whether you’ve noticed any of these spring roofing issues or not, they could still be lurking just beneath your shingles. No matter the age of your home’s roof nor its appearance, you still can benefit from the peace of mind that comes from knowing with certainty your roof is in good shape. By hiring a professional roofing inspector to check out every component of your roof (and your attic), you can ensure your home will stay in the best possible shape throughout the spring months and beyond.
For more information on prolonging the good health of your roof or to schedule a free roof inspection this spring, fill out our contact form or call the experts at Best Choice Roofing today at 855-658-0385.