2 Ways To Help You Get Your Roof Ready For Spring Weather

Posted on: 20 March 2017

When winter's storms, ice, and wind attack your home's roof all winter, debris and damage can remain on your roof after the weather has thawed. Spring time can provide you with a good opportunity to clean up and prepare your roof for the warmer months and summer storms. Here are two tips to help you repair and maintain your roof this season.

Clean Up Debris

Debris on your home's roof left behind from winter can take the form of branches, twigs, leaves, trash, and other debris the wind may have blow. As soon as the weather has warmed up, put on some rubber-soled shoes for good traction and get on your roof to safely clean off the debris.

Pick up twigs and any branches and use a broom to carefully sweep off leaves and smaller debris from your roof. Be careful that you push your broom down the length of your roof and not upward against the edges of your shingles, so you don't damage them. Spray off debris using a garden hose with a nozzle sprayer attachment, but don't use a pressure washer, as the power of the spray can damage your shingles.

Next, clean out any debris filling the gutters along your roof edges. Wearing work gloves, scoop out to remove any collection of leaves, twigs, and pine needles, or other materials, so your roof can drain adequately during rain storms. If your gutters are clogged, rain water can spill off the edge of the roof and gutter, saturating the soil around your home foundation. This can lead to basement and foundation moisture leak problems.

Check to make sure your downspouts are flowing freely and are not clogged with any materials. Use a pressure washer or your garden hose and nozzle attachment to clear any debris from the downspout's interior. Make sure your downspouts have diverters to deposit any rainwater at least three to six feet away from your basement and foundation.

Repair Roof Damage

After you have cleaned off the debris from the roof, check to make sure all your roofing shingles are in position and good condition. Remove any damaged shingles and replace them with new shingles. 

To remove an old shingle, use a pry bar to lift up the shingle immediately above the damaged one, pulling out all the nails holding the damaged shingle in place. Reinsert a new shingle in its place and use new roofing nails to attach it. 

For this reason, it is a good idea to have extra shingles in your storage, so you can repair your roof when necessary. If you don't have any extra shingles, you can buy some at most home improvement stores. If you need to buy new shingles, try to match the new shingles to your existing shingles as best you can.

Completing this each spring will prepare your roof for the upcoming season. Talk to a contractor, like Eagle Exteriors, for more help.