Now that winter is on its way out, it's time to start getting your home ready for spring. Seasonal maintenance helps keep your home in proper working order. It can also prevent costly repairs. Part of your home maintenance routine should include your roof. Without proper maintenance, you could be looking at serious damage to your home and your roof. Here are some steps you should take to get your roof ready for the changing seasons.
Get It Clean
When getting your roof ready for spring, the first thing you should do is give it a thorough cleaning. Not only will cleaning your roof remove all the dirt and debris that's built up over the winter, it will also allow you to get a closer look at your shingles. If you've never cleaned your roof before, here are some simple instructions.
Supplies You'll Need
- Slip-resistant shoes
- Garden sprayer
- Garden hose
- High-pressure nozzle
- Push broom
- Put your slip-resistant shoes on.
- Fill your garden sprayer with water and add 1 cup of bleach.
- Climb up on your roof.
- Beginning at the lowest edge of your roof, apply the bleach solution to your shingles.
- Scrub the area with your push broom.
- Continue applying solution and scrubbing across your roof and up towards to the top.
- Use your garden hose to rinse your roof.
Repair The Damage
While you're scrubbing your roof, make a note of the areas that will require repairs. Pay close attention to shingles and metal flashing – the metal strips along the joints that connect separate areas of your roof.
If you have shingles that are curling along the edges, you can apply a generous amount of roofing cement to the underside of the shingles and press them down into place. Once they're in place, use several roofing nails to secure them. Missing or damaged shingles will need to be replaced. For large sections of missing or damaged shingles, talk to a roofing contractor like those at HomeTowne Roofing about repairs.
Loose flashing can cause leaks, which can damage your roof, and your home. If you see loose flashing, you can reseal it using latex caulking. Apply a strip of caulking along the edges of your flashing and smooth it into place using a putty knife.
Now that spring is on the way, make sure your roof is ready for the weather change. Use the tips provided here to prepare your roof for warm weather.