Category: General Published on Apr 30

Spring in Bucks County means a lot of things—warmer weather, longer days, blooming flowers, and, for homeowners, the chance to ensure the safety, integrity, and appearance of their roof.

After the harsh winter months, there are two things homeowners should do to take care of this vital part of their home...


Spring in Bucks County means a lot of things—warmer weather, longer days, blooming flowers, and, for homeowners, the chance to ensure the safety, integrity, and appearance of their roof.

After the harsh winter months, there are two things homeowners should do to take care of this vital part of their home: inspect for damage, and clean up for spring. In our previous blog, we discussed the questions to ask a professional roofer completing a post-winter inspection. Once you’ve determined that your roof is sound and free of any structural or cosmetic damage, it’s time to get it ready for spring. Here are a few essential steps to help you along the way:

 

  1. Trim your trees. Now that your landscaping is free of snow and ice, take a good look at the trees growing near your house. Do any of them have branches that hang over the roof? If so, it’s important to trim them. This will avoid any damage to shingles as branches scrape against them, as well as prevent even more serious damage in the event a tree limb breaks off and falls on the roof.
  2. Gut your gutters. Gutters are meant to allow the flow of rainwater away from your roof, but they can’t do their job if they are clogged with debris. It’s common for gutters to gather some twigs, leaves, or other matter during the winter months when snow and ice complicate things and make access to your roof more difficult. Take advantage of the warm weather to ensure your gutters are clear and able to keep your roof—and the interior of your home—free from the leaks and damage that can result if water is not properly channeled away from your roof.

 

  1. Manage the mold and mildew. When moisture gets trapped on the surface of your roof, it can cause mold and mildew to form. In addition to being unsightly, this can result in damaged shingles that compromise the integrity of your roof. Consult a professional roofer about the best way to rid your roof of any mold or mildew that has had the chance to grow over winter.

 

 

  1. Fix frayed edges. Spring is the perfect time to touch up or replace any worn or discolored eaves and shingles. In addition to improving the appearance of your roof, tending to elements that are just beginning to show signs of wear and tear can save you from a must more costly repair later on down the road.

 

Consult a professional roofer for a spring clean that can help extend the life of your roof, and keep it looking its best!