Springtime is when most people think about the different tasks they need to accomplish around the house. From spring cleaning indoors to making sure the roof held up during the winter, there’s plenty of tasks and chores to stay on top of. When it comes to your roof, there are a few simple roof maintenance tips you should know. You’ll definitely want to check these off your list in the spring, but it’s also not a bad idea to check up on these at least once a season. Learn more below.
Clean the Gutters
Probably one of the most important maintenance tips you need to follow throughout the year is clearing and cleaning your gutters. If you feel comfortable up there and follow safety measures, you should be able to clean out your own gutters. If you feel even the slightest bit uncomfortable, then call in an expert to clean the gutters a few times a year. This involves more than just removing leaves and branches—you need to run water through the gutter system to ensure there are no leaks or backups.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Branches are another big problem for roofs. You should trim branches in the fall and spring, at the very least. One storm can send branches crashing into the roof, damaging shingles and caulking. Trimming back any branches will prevent storm damage and keep leaves from piling up on your shingles.
Check Shingles Regularly
You’ll also need to check your shingles regularly. This is essential to roof maintenance—it will keep your roof in better condition and prevent any small things from becoming bigger problems, especially after a heavy storm or high winds.
You don’t necessarily have to clamber up to your roof. Grab a pair of binoculars and scan the for any potential problems. Look for missing, curling, or cracked shingles and any peeling flashing. If you see any of these problems, reach out to a professional roofing contractor for help fixing the damage.
Inspect the Insulation
Another great way to see how your roof is holding up is by going up to the attic and checking on the insulation. Proper insulation and ventilation in the attic will keep your roof in strong condition, especially in the winter. If the insulation is solid, then that will prevent any ice dams from forming and reduce moisture, which can cause mold and peeling.
When to Call a Professional
If you’ve done all these things and noticed any sort of damage, reach out to a professional. The majority of the time, trying to fix issues with your roof on your own isn’t a good idea. If you do, a repair could turn into a replacement. Professionals will know how to fix the problem safely.
Reach out to American Metal Roofs in Michigan if you notice any damage to your roof throughout the year. We pride ourselves on being the best of the best when it comes to metal roof repairs and installations. We offer a variety of roofing options, from rustic shingles to aluminum shake roofs in Michigan. Schedule a consultation with us now.
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