Three Springtime Threats To Your Aging Roof

Posted on: 2 March 2017

Spring is an exciting time. Trees start growing new leaves, flowers pop up, and the temperatures become more comfortable. But with all of these positive changes, it's important not to lose sight of your roof maintenance. While spring may not be as hard on your aging roof as winter, it does present some distinct threats that you should be aware of and address.

Wind-blown rain.

April showers bring May flowers -- or so the saying goes. Thunderstorms, complete with wind-blown rain, are a common occurrence in the spring. Wind-blown rain is a big issue with older roofs since it can sneak under the edge of already peeling shingles and dislodge them completely, leading to leaks.

The best approach, in this case, is a preventative one. On a clear day, climb up on a ladder and check for any loose or peeling shingles. If you do see any, either have your roofing company come out to nail them down, or do this yourself. Use roofing nails, and make sure you put a dab of roofing cement over each nail head to prevent leaks. Do this on a dry day so that the cement sticks and dries properly.

Mold and algae.

Frequent rain in the spring, combined with lower temperatures that don't allow for quick evaporation of moisture, mean your roof will spend a lot of time wet during this season. This makes it the perfect environment for mold and algae. These organisms can discolor your roof and also cause the shingles to break down prematurely. If you do notice any mold or algae beginning to grow, wipe the area down with a strong bleach-water mixture. (Do not scrub too much, as this may disturb the shingle granules.) Attack these organisms as soon as they appear, as they can replicate and take over your roof quickly.

Falling branches.

The high winds of springtime can often rip damaged or dying branches off a tree, causing them to fall on the roof. If you have a tree overhanging your roof, pay close attention to its branches as it starts to revive in the spring. If you notice that any of them are not developing leaves or buds, these branches are dead. Have them removed by a tree care company before they end up damaging your already weakening roof. Having overhanging branches removed will also reduce the shade that your roof receives, making it less appealing to moss, algae, and other pesky organisms.