Are the shingles on your roof looking brittle and weatheredDo you have missing or displaced shingles? Does your ceiling show water spots or saggingThese signs indicate that its time for a roof inspection—and spring is the best season for it. 

During the harsh winter months, your roof has protected you and your family from nature’s merciless snow, ice, rain, and wind. Unfortunately, your roof may have become significantly damaged or worn out due to these extreme weather conditions 

During springtime, you should begin taking steps to guarantee that your roof is well-prepared for the rest of the year. We’ve put together some basic roof maintenance tips to help you identify issues to look for this spring. 

Inspect for Missing or Damaged Shingles 

The shingles on your roof are your home’s first line of defense against rain and snowtherefore, they should be on the top of your home maintenance list. As spring weather settles into your area, take the time to inspect your shingles. If you can check your roof from the ground, pay attention to any spots that appear cracked, curleddistorted, or discoloredIt is best to also look out for any places where the shingles are missing entirely. Look around your yard for shingle fragments and look in your downspouts for displaced shingle granules. If you notice either, then your shingles need some attention. 

Check for Chimney Damage 

It’s a good idea to keep your chimney in good shape to prevent leaks, so take the time to inspect your chimney in the early spring. Look over the exterior for cracks or loose bricks, regardless of whether or not your fireplace was used over the winter. A dormant vent can attract animals to nest in it to stay out of the winter coldit can also become a breeding ground for birds, rodents, or insects if you do not check regularly. 

Watch for Leaks  

Identifying leaks early is one of the best ways to maintain a safe and functional home. Inspect your attic this spring and look around during the daytime hours for any spots where you can selight shining through—these places are likely allowing water to enter your home. If not fixed immediately, water damage is expensive to repair and can pose a health hazard due to molds that can grow near it and pests that it can attract. If you see any sunlight coming inside, you should contact a reliable roofer right away. 

Take Notice of Gutters in Disrepair 

Make sure to examine your gutters thoroughly. Check inside them and clear out any gathered debris such as twigs, leaves, and shingle fragments. Pay close attention to any places that appear cracked, loose, or rusted. These issues will worsen with repeated spring rains, so taking care of them as early as possible will save you from more expensive repairs in the future. 

Examine and Prevent Physical Damage 

A variety of elements can severely damage your roof, including hail, snow, high winds, puddles, tree branches, and invasive animals. Check your roof and pay close attention to the shingles, roof ridges, and flashings around vents. Reseal and caulk around vents and pipes as needed, wash the roof to remove any stray algae, and trim back overhanging tree branches to prevent future damage. If you notice a pattern of damage to your rooftalk to a reliable roofer about potential solutions. A professional roof inspection will spot any damages and also help in formulating an effective repair plan moving forward. 

Consider a Roof Maxx Application 

Preventive care goes a long way when it comes to roof maintenanceA single Roof Maxx treatment can rejuvenate asphalt shingles and extend a roof’s life by an additional 5 years, and up to 15 years with multiple treatments. At about only 25% the cost of a roof replacement, this option is certainly worth considering if your shingles need some attention. 

As you enter the spring months, do your best to check your roof for issues. It’the best time for ainspection, since the warmer temperatures allow for timely assessment and maintenance. If you’re interested in roof cleaning, inspection, maintenance, or if you simply have some questions, we encourage you to contact us. We’ll work together with you to get your home’s roof in tip-top shape.