Spring Roofing Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Residential Roof

Leaves in gutters.
Leaves in gutters.

Your Pretoria East roof may have survived autumn leaves and cold, but now it’s time to inspect and repair the damage winter might have caused. It’s necessary to do Spring roof maintenance is a part of extending the lifespan of your roof as well as protecting your residence’s integrity. The following three areas of concern when conducting your spring roof inspection must be taken into consideration.

1. Gutters inspection, maintenance, and repair

Your gutter system was designed to drain water from your roof in order to prevent pooling and moisture build up, prevent damage to your home’s structure, and discourage moisture-related mold growth.
Dirty gutters, which are not properly maintained, can shorten the life of your roof. It’s critical that your gutters one to two times a year are cleaned and inspected. Spring time is the best time to inspect gutters and clean out with a garden trowel or remove large chunks of debris by hand. After the manual removal of debris and leaves, you should follow with a pressure hose to remove the remaining dirt.
Consider that should you have some tall trees on your property you need to cut away overhanging branches and inspect the gutters more frequently for leaves and twigs blocking gutters and downpipes. Don’t forget to trim tree overhangs and large branches.
Inspect your gutters for loose or rusty sections and install leave catchers and don’t forget to inspect gutters, fascia, and vents for animal nests and debris.

2. Make sure shingles are true

The next step, after checking, cleaning and replacing gutters, is to survey the shingle field for damage. The chance is that you will need some basic repairs to the shingle.
Climb onto the roof very carefully, and then scan the surface of the roof. Here you must look for visible signs of damage. Typical damage may be missing shingles, warping, discoloration, or grain loss which is small rock almost like powder or mineral grains on your shingles which help that protect your roof from the elements. Broken shingles or if they begin to look smooth it will be time to replace them.
If replacing a shingle yourself, carefully removing the old one and may be the two to three surrounding shingles. It’s done by removing nails and fasteners, remove the damaged one then slide a new, same-sized shingle into place and nail it down. Roofing cement must be applied to each nail to cover it and prevent water penetration and keep the shingle down to ensure a tight seal.

3. Repair of flashing

Flashing, or the metal strips are used to seal gaps. It also prevents water from seeping under shingles. They should be checked & repaired as needed during each bi-annual roof inspection. The Wind and other weather can loosen flashing, which can lead to mold or water damage inside your home over time.
The next important thing is to inspect flashing around your chimney, skylights and valley regions. Summer storms and rain may cause flashing to pull away at these areas and causes the 3 most common roof leak locations. Use small roof fasteners to tack down loose flashing and then seal tack holes with roof cement.
Remember that while there are many do-it-yourself ways to maintain the correct attachment of your flashing, severe flashing damage or home leaks are best left to an experienced roof repair specialist.

Give your roofer a call!

Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about roof maintenance. Even though the costs associated with routine maintenance of a roof is minimal if compared to the costs if you have to replace the entire roof. Money is saved in the long run with regular maintenance.
If repairing your leaky or damaged roof seems overwhelming, contact Tremco, the roofing, waterproofing and painting contractor with more than 20-years of experience! Whether your roof needs an inspection, a little patchwork or an overhaul, our insured and licensed professionals are trained to get the job done right, and our work and material are guaranteed for a full 5-years!

You can call Tremco at (012) 379 7687.

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