Why Home Maintenance Is Important in the Spring
Every homeowner knows that being diligent about your home maintenance is important all year round. But it is especially important once springtime rolls around. Why? For several reasons:
- Recover from the winter - Believe it or not, high wind speeds and snowstorms can leave a mark on your property.
- Prepare for the summer - As the warmer weather approaches in Colorado, we can expect a few hail storms.
- Prevent steep repair costs - By spotting damage early, you can get the jump on the repair process and avoid costlier ones down the line.
The more persistent you are about home maintenance, the more surprises you'll avoid. This spring, make a point to work through a home maintenance checklist. And don't forget about your roofing system too!
5 Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring from our Fort Collins Roofers
Before the summer kicks into gear, make sure you follow these essential home maintenance tips.
1. Book a Roofing Inspection
Every roofing business from the east coast to the west coast will always recommend a springtime roof inspection. In fact, it is generally recommended across the roofing industry that homeowners book at least two roof inspections each year (NRCA).
A professional roof inspection is hands-down the best way to evaluate the condition of your roof. Your roofing contractor will methodically inspect and review every part of your roofing system for signs of damage. This way, you'll have a clear idea of your roof's current condition and if you have a pressing need for roofing repairs. At the very least, you'll gain peace of mind knowing your roof is in decent shape.
Those iterative inspections may also benefit you if you ever need to file a claim with your insurance company. The documentation of those recurring inspections will help demonstrate how you've been diligently maintaining your property over time.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Don't let your gutter systems become clogged and overflow! Gutters help direct stormwater safely away from your home, thus maintaining the condition of your property.
If a gutter becomes clogged or dysfunctional, the water will accumulate and overflow. This can cause water damage to the siding of your home and may even lead to foundation damage too. Clogged gutters also provide the perfect habitat for pests and unwanted critters.
This spring, remember to take a look at your gutters and clean them out if needed.
3. Look Out for Mold or Mildew Growths
When reviewing your roof, make sure to look for any signs of mold or mildew growth. It's vital that you catch these problems early because mold developments are pervasive (CDC).
Once mold enters your home, the spores can then spread throughout due to your air systems. Mold can not only negatively affect the structural integrity of your roof, but it can also pose health hazards to your family.
If you spot any mold in your attic or on your roof's exterior surface, take steps to remove it. At-home remedies like lead control strips can help remove smaller growths. Larger areas of mold growth will like need to be taken care of by professionals.
4. Trim/Remove Branches
The tree that's right outside may represent a serious risk for your roof. Hanging branches can threaten the integrity of your roof if they hang over your home.
What will happen if that branch snaps and falls? Odds are a fallen branch will puncture your roof or damage your shingles. This increases your risk of further property damage.
If you feel able and are willing to do so, remove or trim away at those branches. Consider calling in a professional arborist if you lack the right equipment or the appropriate safety precautions.
While you're at it, consider trimming other types of overgrown vegetation, like climbing vines. Those plants may pose a risk to the integrity of your home.
5. Remove Any Roof Debris
At the bare minimum, make sure you remove all the debris from your roof. An excess of leaves, branches and other debris can trap moisture on your roof. This is the perfect environment for mold and mildew growths to form.
To clean your roof, we recommend that you use a rake as it's lightweight, easy to use, and simple. Remember: always prioritize your safety when on top of your home. If you feel you can't clean your roof safely, then it's best to hire a professional for the job.
Schedule Your Inspection with our Fort Collins Roofers
It's time to embrace the changing seasons! If you're ready to get started with your spring home maintenance, contact Ethos today.
At our residential roofing company, customer service is our top priority. Throughout the entire roofing process, we aim to deliver high-quality services at every step of the way. Whether you need roof repair work or a roof replacement, we've got you covered at Ethos.
Contact Ethos Roofing & Restoration today to schedule your inspection with the top Fort Collins roofers.