Now that spring is in full swing in New England, homeowners roofs are being exposed to spring showers and windy days. With all of the snow finally gone, it is important to examine your home’s roof and take stock of whether it’s in need of any repairs or maintenance. If you’ve been wondering what you should be searching for on your home’s roof this spring, take a look at our blog to learn more!
Check Your Gutters
One of the first areas you should examine within your roofing system this spring is your gutters. Your gutters are often overlooked but they serve a huge purpose for your home’s health, directing water away from your home! Having clogged, overflowing gutters can cause significant water damage around the foundation of your home, the edges of your shingle system, your fascia boards or your siding! It is important to clean your gutters at least twice a year to ensure that they are functioning properly. Allowing your gutters to overflow could end up causing expensive repairs!
Examine Your Shingles
The next thing you should examine is your shingles themselves. You should keep an eye out for a number of things, including broken or missing shingles, warping, curling, cracking, or missing granules.
If your shingles are missing or broken, your roof deck and underlayment will be exposed, which could end up leading to significant water damage within your home. The same is true of any warped, curled, or cracking shingles, which all allow water damage to a degree. As for the missing granules, they serve the purpose of adding an additional layer of fire resistance, as well as protecting the asphalt coating from UV rays. If your shingles appear to be damaged, or if your shingles are missing all of their granules, you will need to have your roofing system examined or potentially replaced!
Debris, Moss, & Algae On Your Roof
When it comes to removing debris from your roof, you should only be concerned if there is a significant layer of debris on your roof. A thick layer of leaves or pine needles could hold a considerable amount of moisture against your roofing system where it could cause significant damage. If you have a significant amount of debris on your roof, you should have it removed. However, if it is just a few leaves here and there, that is nothing to worry about.
As for moss and algae, these pose the same risks as debris. They can hold moisture against your roof, which can cause water damage, particularly if left to freeze against your roof during the winter. The easiest way to get rid of pesky moss and algae is to spray it with a mixture of bleach and water and let it sit, which will get rid of the unwanted tenants on your roof!
Contact Us Today
Finally, after completing your spring roof maintenance, you may find that your roof is in need of replacement. If you’re interested in having your roof replaced this spring, reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!