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Spring shower season: Essential roof maintenance tips to prevent leaks

Spring brings the promise of blooming flowers, warmer weather, and, unfortunately, heavy showers. For homeowners and property managers, the arrival of spring means it’s time to give your roof a little extra attention. Taking proactive steps now can prevent the inconvenience and expense of leaks, ensuring your property stays dry and undamaged through the rainy months. 

Top roof maintenance measures for spring

Here’s a comprehensive guide to get you started on your spring roof maintenance.

1. Do a visual inspection

Harsh winter conditions can take a toll on your roof, so now is the best time to inspect for any damage snow, ice, or strong winds might have caused. Look for cracked, curled, or missing shingles; these can compromise the roof’s watertight seal and must be replaced promptly. Additionally, check areas particularly susceptible to leaks, such as the seals around chimneys, vents, and skylights, paying close attention to cracks, tears, or any separation from the roof surface. Don’t forget to inspect your attic and ceilings for stains or mold growth, which are telltale signs of water damage and can indicate a hidden leak that needs immediate attention.

2. Examine your gutters and downspouts

Leaves, twigs, and other debris can build up on your roof, clogging gutters and downspouts. This trapped gunk prevents rainwater from draining properly, causing backups that can seep under your shingles and into your home. 

To ensure proper drainage, clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Then, flush the system with a hose to remove any clogs, allowing water to flow freely away from your property. Also, check your gutters and downspouts for signs of rust, holes, or damage, and make sure that they are still attached securely.

3. Trim overhanging tree branches

Overhanging branches can scrape against roof shingles, causing damage and creating potential entry points for water or moisture. Their leaves and twigs can also clog your gutters. Trimming back these branches before the spring showers begin can significantly reduce the risk of roof damage.

4. Check for algae and moss

Moss and algae retain moisture, weighing down and damaging shingles and the underlying roof structure. While you can get rid of moss and algae by using gentle cleaning methods, it’s advisable to call a local roofing professional to do the job, especially if you’re dealing with significant growth or don’t want to void roof warranties.

5. Ensure proper attic ventilation

Proper ventilation is key to keeping your attic healthy all year round. In the winter, good ventilation promotes cooler temperatures in your attic, preventing ice dam formation. In the spring and summer, it facilitates airflow and helps fight moisture buildup in the attic. This moisture can cause the wooden decking to rot and mold to grow, both of which can lead to leaks in your living space.

6. Seal and caulk around roof penetrations

Vents, skylights, chimneys, and anything else poking through your roof are like little gaps in your roof’s armor.  Since they’re separate from the main roof surface, these areas are more likely to develop leaks.  To keep water out, make sure these penetrations are properly sealed and caulked. Remember that cold weather can make materials shrink and crack, so it’s especially important to check the seals around these roof penetrations when winter ends to ensure they’re still watertight.

7. Schedule a professional roof inspection

Spring roof maintenance isn’t complete without a professional roof inspection. While property owners can tackle basic roof maintenance tasks, there’s a chance they might miss hidden issues that only a trained eye can catch. A qualified roofer has the expertise to thoroughly inspect your roof and identify potential problems before they turn into leaks and expensive repairs.

Spring showers bring life to your gardens and lawns, but they can expose weaknesses in a neglected roof. Don’t let leaks dampen your spirits. This season, give your roof the TLC it deserves. Call Iconic Roofing and Exteriors today for a comprehensive roof inspection.