It's finally time to enjoy the fresh spring air, but before you begin to relax don't forget to inspect your CT roof for snow and ice damage. Roof maintenance is an important chore to keep up on. If you do not take care of and maintain your roof, you could end up having to replace the whole structure. Continue reading to learn several spring maintenance roofing tips from your Connecticut roofing contractors, Fiderio & Sons.
Look For Curled, Split, Or Missing Shingles
Winter can wreak havoc on your roof's shingles, so it makes sense to begin your roof inspection by checking your shingles. From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. Shingles are one of the least-durable roofing materials, so over the years it is not unheard of for them to curl, split, crack or just totally missing. Fixing a couple shingles here and there is simple and relatively inexpensive, but if more than 30% of the material is damaged a roof replacement is the more cost effective answer.
If your home has an older roof, you may want to begin to plan a budget for eventual replacement in a few years. As always, use caution when walking on your rooftop, though we recommend hiring a professional to review the condition of shingles for you.
Partial reroofs can become problematic because all roofing layers must be removed to avoid an uneven and lopsided roof. This means increased labor costs, but only part of your roof is being replaced, so going for the entire replacement is usually less hassle and worth the money.
Checking for moisture damage may be the easiest tip on this list. First, take a slow walk around your home and look for moisture marks. Leaks often occur around plumbing/roof vents, chimneys or anything that projects through the roof so check these areas first. From the inside of your house, check for water stains or mold around light fixtures and ceiling fans, as water tends to run to openings in the ceiling's vapor barrier. If you spot a moisture mark that leads to a small leak, a short-term repair is most likely all you need; however, if there is extensive damage to the roof or ceiling, such as mold or mildew growth, you should opt for a full roof replacement.
Check Attic Ventilation
A brief inspection of your home's attic can suggest a lot about your roof's condition. Summer time heat gathers in the attic and is absorbed by dark roofing materials, so you should make sure that your attic has proper ventilation in place, to avoid extra heat absorption. All of the ventilation systems should be clear of any blockages and allow enough air for your roof to breath.
Clean Out Gutters
Gutters are an essential component for the health of your roof. Time permitting, make a plan to clean out all of your home's roof drains and gutters in the early days of summer, right after all of the flowers have blossomed. If your gutters are hanging loose, they may be creating problems for your entire roof system. Secure gutters and check for any holes or creases that may be letting water seep in. If your roof has any moss buildup then we recommend applying a roof moss killer and sweeping off the dead moss.
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Of course, you can complete a good amount of basic roof repair by yourself; however, you should not attempt to do the same with major roofing issues. For larger problems, make a plan to contact your insurer as well as your residential Connecticut roofing company as soon as possible. It's likely that your insurer will cover most of the repair costs (minus your deductible) as long as you have conducted regular roof maintenance. Contact Fiderio & Sons, your local roofing and siding contractors, for a free consultation and estimate for roofing costs.