Spring is in the air, and summer is fast approaching. While we may be happy to put winter’s harsh conditions behind us, it’s essential to pay attention to the toll it may have taken on various elements of our property — including the roof. As the leading provider of professional roof maintenance in Fairless Hills and the surrounding areas, KPI Jr. Exteriors understands that once the weather starts to warm up, your roof more than likely needs some TLC.
With regular maintenance, roofs last longer and perform better. Whether you take it upon yourself to check off some of these to-do’s or turn to a roofing contractor to get it done, here are some key things to get done during the spring:
Clean The Gutters
Eavestroughs and downspouts are designed to safely run water off of your roof when the rain starts pourin’ down. However, if your gutters have debris built up in them — which they likely do after the winter — you need to clean them out in preparation for spring showers.
Inspect Your Shingles
Conduct a visual inspection of your roof’s shingles. Are any curling, loose, or damaged? Replace them! Are nails jutting out? Hammer them down! Do the shingles look old and worn out? Depending on the roof’s age and condition, you may need a roof replacement. A certified contractor can help you with all of the above.
Look Out for Flashing Damage
Flashing is the material (usually galvanized steel) that connects various elements of your roof, such as your chimney, skylights, windows, or where two slopes of the roof meet. Look to see — is the caulking around the flashing cracked? If you feel comfortable, you can re-caulk it yourself. Are there rust spots on the flashing? If so, you’ll need to replace it to prevent water damage.
Examine Your Soffit and Fascia
Soffits are the metal or wood panels along the roof’s underside between the house wall and the roofline. Fascias are the metal or wood boards along the roofline or behind the eavestrough. These components are essential for a healthy roof, so don’t overlook them when conducting your spring roof maintenance! Check to see if these elements have any soft spots, holes, or damaged components. If so, they may need repair or replacement.
Check for Water or Ice Damage
Are there signs of a leak inside your home or on the roof? Destruction from ice dams could result in water damage on your roof, ceilings, and insulation. If you see a roof leak, it needs professional attention before your roof’s underlayment begins to rot, destroying your insulation.
For these tasks and more, including siding installation near Bucks County, call KPI Jr. Exteriors today!