The roof tends to take quite a beating during the winter. It has to withstand not just wind and rain, but also snow and often ice. With the heavy snowfall we had this winter, it is an especially good idea to perform a roof inspection to ensure that it remains in good shape and that it’s prepared for the spring and summer.
The following are a few tips for performing a spring roof checkup:
Before diving into your spring roof checkup, make sure that you make your safety a priority. If you use a ladder in order to get a better look at your roof or to reach the gutters, then inspect it first before you begin climbing up it. Check the rungs to make sure they are stable, then plant the ladder on flat ground away from any entrances. Never carry something in your hand when climbing up and always retain three points of contact.
Once you’re up on your ladder, don’t get onto the roof unless you have experience with that sort of thing. If you see any issues with your roof, contact one of our professional roof inspectors instead of attempting to do fix anything yourself – even if it’s a minor issue. The last thing you want is to take a tumble off of your roof due to a lack of experience.
Spring Roof Checkup Tips
Now that understand the importance of taking safety precautions, let’s go over what you need to do to make sure your roof is in good shape and ready for the spring:
- Do a visual inspection - Simply walking around your house and taking a look at your roof is a good way to spot any serious damage. Look for holes in the roof and for damaged or missing shingles.
- Check for shingle granules – Climb your ladder and inspect your gutters for shingle granules The granules help protect your shingles from ultraviolet rays – if they are coming off your shingles and gathering in your gutters, then it means your shingles are wearing down and may need to be replaced.
- Clean your gutters – Wearing gloves, carefully remove any dirt and debris, such as leaves or twigs, from your gutters. If you don’t clean your gutters out, they may become clogged. This is no good during the spring season when it tends to rain often. Rain water will back up in clogged gutters, which can lead to water leaks in the home as well as physical damage to the gutters and roof.
- Check for roof leaks – Do an interior inspection of your home in search of water damage in your walls and ceilings. These are signs of a roof leak. Inspect your attic for holes by turning off the lights and checking for penetrating sunlight.
Schedule a Roof Inspection in Baltimore
If you notice any issues with your roof while checking it for damage, then be sure to contact our professional roof contractors at Park Heights Roofing today. We provide the most thorough roof inspections and the highest quality repairs in Baltimore.