The weather might be playing tricks on us, going from spring-like weather one day and winter-like temperatures the next. But actual spring and summer temperatures are upon us, finally!
And while that might mean putting all your winter coats and boots away and taking out all your shorts and sandals, your home needs to be prepared appropriately for the nicer weather to come.
The question is, is your home ready for the spring and summer? More specifically, is your roof ready?
Here are some tips to get your roof ready and ensure it’s in tip-top condition.
Get Rid of Any Ice
Depending on how far north your home is, you may actually still have a little bit of ice accumulation, particularly in the eavestroughs where ice and snow tend to build up. If you still have any of these remnants of winter, be sure to remove them before they start to melt and make their way inside your roof.
Clear Out Your Eavestroughs
All sorts of debris could have made it into your eavestroughs throughout the winter, including leaves, twigs, water, and other debris, which can clog this important component of your home. Make sure to take a few minutes to inspect your eavestroughs for any debris and remove whatever you find. And if you notice any holes or cracks in the eavestroughs, have them repaired right away.
Look For Signs of Damage
The winter can wreak havoc on your roof and eavestroughs thanks to all the snow and ice, not to mention the frigid temperatures that can destroy materials. Make sure to look for any signs of damage to the roof, such as the loose shingles, boards, and planks.
Also, look for signs of mold, which may point to the potential for moisture to be trapped inside the roof. Repair or replace any roof components that you find structural damage on.
Scope Out the Ceiling and Attic
Take a look inside your ceiling and attic and look for any signs of water stains, roof sagging, or black marks. Anyone of these signs could mean there’s a leak somewhere, which would need rectifying right away.
Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
If you have any trees adjacent to your home’s structure and their branches overhang on top of your roof, take some time to trim the branches. If left unattended, the branches can break off and damage your roof and eavestroughs. Not only that, but the leaves from the branches can fall and accumulate into the eavestroughs, which will cause more work for you to have to clean up.
Check Your HVAC System
What does your HVAC system have to do with your roof? This crucial system is integral in preventing any humidity and condensation from building up in the attic, which can protect your roof and your home. So be sure to inspect this system to make sure it’s in good working order.
Make Sure the Roof is Properly Insulated
Temperature changes and sunlight can all damage your roof over time, so make sure that your roof is well insulated to protect the inside of your home from experiencing wild temperature fluctuations.