As the weather gets warmer and snow melts, now is the perfect time to start cleaning your roof and prepare it for spring. This month, our Maine roofers from Ridgeline Exteriors are giving tips to prepare your roof for this upcoming season after the winter months.
Inspect Your Roof
The first step in spring cleaning your roof is to inspect it thoroughly. Look for signs of damage like cracks, leaks, and missing shingles. Check for any damage caused by snow and ice as well, such as icicles and ice dams. These can cause significant damage to your roof and gutters if left unchecked.
If you notice any damage, addressing it as soon as possible is essential to prevent further issues. We recommend getting a professional roof inspection to asses any damages you come across to determine what repairs will be needed.
Clean Your Gutters
Another important aspect of spring cleaning for your roof is to clean the gutters. Gutters can become clogged with debris, leaves, and other materials, causing water backup and damage to your roof. This can cause issues when it starts to rain as the water can accumulate and start to leak into the home. The gutter can also rip and fall due to the weight of the rain and debris.
We recommend safely using a ladder to inspect your gutters and remove any accumulated debris. You can also use a hose to flush out your gutters and ensure they work properly.
Trim Trees and Branches
If you have trees near your home, it’s important to trim them back once the snow and ice melt. Trees and branches can cause damage to your roof if they’re too close, especially during windy or stormy weather. Make sure to trim any branches within six feet of your roof to prevent damage from falling limbs.
If you’ve had a harsh winter, some trees could have become weaker due to the cold and weight of the snow. So we encourage you to be mindful and complete this task with extra caution.
Remove Any Moss
Moss can grow in damp, shady areas. This means roofs shaded by trees or other structures can be prime locations for moss growth. Moss can cause damage to your roof by lifting and separating shingles, leading to leaks and water damage inside your home. Additionally, moss can create channels or crevices that allow water to penetrate the roof and cause damage. So clearing any moss before it can grow any further is essential to prolong your roof’s quality!
Call Our Maine Roofers at Ridgeline Exteriors
If you find any damages after inspecting your roof this season or require a more thorough inspection, we encourage you to visit us online for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!