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Spring Maintenance for Your Roof to Prevent Leaks

Early in spring is a great time of year to schedule a professional roof inspection. A roof inspector can identify potential issues and make recommendations for preventative maintenance. Your roofer can inspect your gutter system as well. This is also a good time to have your gutters cleaned.

Gutter Inspection and Cleaning

The health of your roof and gutter system are intertwined. Water getting up under the edge shingles is one of the most common ways leaks happen. You should schedule professional gutter cleaning prior to your roof inspection. Our roof inspector can then inspect your gutter system as part of the roof inspection. The most common gutter repair is replacing hangers that have loosened with time.

Foundation Perimeter Check

Homeowners should also walk around their home with any eye on the ground next to the foundation. Look for signs of any standing water. You should also look for any fasteners or other components that may have fallen from the gutters. Another potential problem is granules. Those can be found in the gutters as well. You should replace any balding shingles, and if the issue is widespread, you may need to reroof rather than repair.

Attic Inspection

Go up into your attic during daylight. If you can see any light filtering through, that means you have a roofing issue and that a leak is likely. If some leaking has already occurred, there may be water stains on the wood. You may need a flashlight to spot them. If you do, call your roofer right away.

Check for a Sagging Roof Line

A sagging or drooping roofline occurs due to a structural issue with the roof. The easiest way to tell if you have this problem is to view your roof from across the street. If you do notice sagging, you should correct it as soon as possible because it will result in low spots where rainwater can collect. Ponding water can lead to mold growth and eventually leaks and rot.

Clear Debris From the Roof

Branches, leaves, pine needles, pinecones, and so forth are problematic because they lead to moisture retention. That moisture will eventually compromise the roofing material and lead to a leak. You should also hire a tree trimmer to tidy branches back from your roof. This will help to avoid debris accumulation and also prevent any heavy branches from falling and doing damage.

Replace Any Missing or Damaged Shingles

You should replace any shingles that are loose, torn, or otherwise damaged. This will be most common near the edge of the roof. You should also replace any flashing that is dislodged or rusted. Otherwise, moisture can get up under these materials and result in a leak.

If you need roof repair services and live in Norman, OK, call Washita Roofing & Construction.