We are just about finished with winter and moving right into spring. Now that it’s time to start playing outside and enjoying the warmer evenings, it is wise to do some home improvement projects. The roof is one of the most important, and often neglected areas of the home! Roof maintenance is vital to prevent leaks and keep your home safe. Here are some spring roof maintenance tips for Utah homeowners:
1. Purchase Roofing Tools
If you are planning to crawl onto the roof to do a couple of shingle replacements, you’ll need to purchase the right tools to do so. What type of tools do you need for roof repairs? We recommend a sturdy, safe ladder along with a hammer, tool belt, and gutter cleaning tools. Having the right equipment will help to keep you safe too!
2. Perform Yearly Roof Inspections
You should check on the condition of the roof each spring. Are there shingles missing? Can you see an excessive amount of debris in the gutters that look like roofing shingle material? Are the eaves cracking and looking different? How do the gutters appear? Are the gutters pulling away from the home, or bent? Visual inspections are normally easy for homeowners. We do not always recommend climbing on the roof to check for soft spots, leave that to the professionals at Kanga Roof with the correct safety gear and equipment.
3. Look for Mold or Algae Growth
As you visually examine the roof, look around the eaves for mold or algae growth. Lift up a shingle or tile and you might see some mold or algae growth. In some situations, cleaning the roof with the right cleaner can help to prevent this buildup. Failure to clean them off can cause the roof to age quicker.
4. Clean the Gutters
Homeowners should pay attention to their gutters and clean them annually. the gutters are responsible for removing water off the roof and out and away from the home. If you do not keep them clean from leaves and debris, you can end up with flooding as water rushes down the walls of the home and can often get into the home through the basement. In other cases, water buildup in the gutters slowly eats away through the shingles and into the attic and walls of the home. We recommend using gutter guards to reduce the amount of large debris that can get into the gutters and clog them. Check on the gutters to make sure they are secured to the home correctly. If you notice serious rust, contact Kanga Roof for a gutter examination to determine if it’s time to replace the gutters.
5. Trim the Trees to Protect the Roof
Utah homeowners often have large trees to help keep our homes cooler in those hot July months! While the trees offer some great shade, they can actually cause roof damage. Having the trees hanging over the top of your home can increase the risk of branches hitting the roof, clogging the gutters, and hurting the overall quality of the roof.
Schedule a Roofing Examination
Kanga Roof offers roof inspections to Northern Utah residents. Our experts are here to provide you with the best solutions for your home and your wallet! Schedule a roofing inspection today to make sure your home is safe!