After battling winter weather for the past few months, your roof will need some attention to ensure it gets through the spring rain and summer sun with little to no problems. Here are three spring maintenance items you should start working on the first chance you get when the weather and your schedule permits.
Clean and Repair the Gutters
The cold freezing weather can do a number on gutters. Not only can ice warp the gutters out of shape, but the weight of snow and frozen water can put pressure on the joints and give rise to gaps and other problems. Thus, the first thing you should do is inspect your gutters, make necessary repairs, and clean them out.
You want to do this as soon as possible because spring is the time for rain. If your gutters aren't ready, a sudden downpour can result in flood damage to the roof or water spilling through the gaps and ruining the siding on the side of your home.
Gutter cleaning isn't that expensive, landing anywhere from $70 to $250 depending on the size of your home. So, if you don't have the time or energy to do it yourself, contact a local contractor and have them do it for you and make repairs while they're at it.
Replace/Repair Shingles and Flashing
The second thing you should do is get out your binoculars and ladder and inspect the roof for damage. If you experienced ice dams over the winter—where ice melts and then freezes at the edge of the roof preventing snow and water from rolling off normally—then there's a good chance some of your shingles may be damaged or, at least, lifting. Additionally, it's common for areas around flashing to degrade, which may lead to leaks in the home.
You can do a fairly decent inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars. If you see telltale signs of damage—the edges of the shingles are curled, there are bald spots and/or cracks in the surface, and patches of granules are missing—then it's time to break out the ladder and do a closer inspection.
It can be a little more challenging to determine if there is a problem with the flashing. However, if there are holes in or around the parts, the metal is rusted, or you have leaks in your ceiling or attic, then it's time to have the flashing repaired or replaced.
It's difficult to predict how much this type of repair will cost, because it depends on the extent of the damage and the kind of material your roof is made from. The national average for a 10-foot by 10-foot area, though, is $650, but the amount can get as high as $2,000. If the costs are very high and your roof is fairly old, then you may want to consider replacing the roof altogether.
Look for Ponding Water Issues
If you have flat or semi-flat roof, look for signs of ponding water issues. When a roof is not sloped steep enough or had developed problems with the drainage system, it can cause water to pond on the surface. This issue can result in rapid deterioration of the roof's surface and material underneath, leading to leaks.
You can generally tell ponding is an issue because there will be small lakes of water in different areas that don't seem to be draining (or are draining very slowly). Another sign is certain areas of the roof will look more worn than others or feel softer and more deteriorated.
As noted previously, spring usually brings a lot of rain, so you want to have a roofing contractor look at and fix this problem as soon as possible. It may be something as simple as reinforcing the affected areas with a special sealant or as major as repairing the drainage system. In either case, getting the work done fast can reduce the damage to your roof and prevent leaks.
For more information about spring roof maintenance or help fixing your roof, contact a roofing contractor. For more information, contact companies like Dayton Roofing and Remodeling.