Spring has finally sprung and while we may still be dealing with a few chilly days we also are seeing the weather shift and slowly slide into sticky humid summer! With winter having finally wound down you are probably excited to be outside more enjoying those sunny days to their fullest potential. You may be busy with starting your gardening, re-mulching your flower beds, and maybe putting a new coat of paint on your door. However, have you considered how essential roof maintenance is done right now in your property? It just went through months of winter weather and if you haven’t had to check by a professional recently you may want to go through these four checkpoints or call a professional to do a thorough look over. Catching problems with your roof early can be the best way to avoid big bills and repair costs. Not only can a leaky roof be an annoying and costly fix, but it can also mean repairing damaged insulation, wood, and drywall.
Inspect, clean, and repair any issues with your gutters
Your home’s ability to drain water is a huge deal and any problems in this area can create costly issues for you. When a gutter or drain system becomes clogged with leaves and debris it leaves room for rainwater to pool and begin creating damage. Pooling means moisture build-up as well as mold growth. You want to avoid all of these things by inspecting your gutters every season. Poorly maintained gutters that cause pooling will only work to shorten the lifespan of your roof. Most professionals suggest that your gutters be inspected and cleaned out at least once a year (this changes if you live in a climate with four seasons and ground leaf build-up). You can remove debris from your gutter by yourself if you wish. However, ensure that you take all safety precautions including having someone spot you while using a ladder, and wearing long sleeves, gloves, and eyewear.
Check your roof for ice damming and other water damages
If you have spotted leaks outside or inside of your property it could indicate that your roof has sustained damage. Ice damming happens when the snow melts and doesn’t have the ability to drain. It then pools at your roof’s edge forming a dam. Although it doesn’t snow often in L.A. it’s best to know all you can about roof management, especially if you have a second home in a mountainous area of California where snow occurs. If you have ice damming or other water damage it should be cared for with haste. Immediate action can help to repair and resort to your roof’s integrity before the damage has time to expand further.
Check the roof’s integrity
If you have the equipment on hand you should climb up to inspect your roof for signs of bent flashing, cracking or issues with your shingles. Missing, discolored, bent or warped shingles should be noted on your inspection. You should also look for any mold growth or build-up of debris like leaves, sticks, or trash. You may be knowledgeable enough to perform minor repairs however it may be best for your own safety and peace of mind to hire a professional group such as the California Roofing Professionals to do this job for you. We know what to look for and what needs repairs or cleaning.
Check and Repair Your Roof Flashing
If you aren’t aware, the flashing is the metal stripping that seals gaps in your roof. This prevents moisture from leaking under your shingling to cause damage. Over the course of the year, bad weather can work at loosening your roof flashing. This can lead to leaking and mold growth both of which you don’t want to deal with. Spring is one of the best times to work on any flashing problems that may have arisen over the colder winter months. It’s also one of the busiest times for roofing companies so be sure to call ahead every year to schedule your springtime appointment.
Understanding the warning signs and dangerous potential of weather elements and other factors can help you be much more prepared to keep your roof in good repair. A brand new shingle roof should last between 15 and 20 years. Roofs made of sturdier materials (like ceramic or metal) can last even longer. Be sure that your roof is inspected at least once every three years if not more frequently. If you aren’t comfortable with checking the state of it yourself then make sure to reach out to a professional outfit. Rescue Roofing LA has been in business for 40 years now. We have more than enough experience in understanding the nuances and problem points of your roof. Give us a call to schedule your inspection (888) 290-5525