Bergen County Roofing: Article About Prepping Your Roof For Summer
Although fall and winter get most of the attention, preparing your roof for spring and summer is just as important. In fact, much of the damage caused by summer storms is preventable, and that prevention can be performed by you or by scheduling an inspection with a Bergen County roofing company.
The first step is to trim all foliage away from the home. When you're done, there should be no tree branches overhanging the roof, and ideally, there should be an area of several feet between the home and any foliage. When trimming trees, pay particular attention to branches that are dead or compromised. Entire trees that are compromised are a big concern too, and it's often more cost-effective to go ahead and remove that tree now than to wait and deal with it after the fact.
The second step is to clear the roof of any debris that has collected during winter. If you're comfortable on the roof, then you can go up there with a broom, a dustpan and a trash basket. Avoid sweeping too much into the gutters unless you plan to clean and test them on the same day. When sweeping the roof, you don't have to be too particular. Once you've gotten all the large debris removed, you can then wash the roof with a running hose.
Gutter blockages are one of the most common causes of roof leaks because rainwater that backs up can compromise the roof in a number of different ways, and damage can develop quickly.
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You should clean your gutters regularly and after all major storms. A seasonal cleaning like this one is an excellent time to ensure that the gutters are working properly. Pay particular attention to how the gutters are attached, and ensure that they're not pulling away due to weight or looseness.
Once you've thoroughly cleared and cleaned the entire roof, it's time to perform the inspection. A primary point of concern are shingles that are loose, broken or missing altogether. Such damage is particularly common with asphalt shingles, and any shingle that is loose, broken or missing should be replaced immediately before heavy springtime showers. Also, check all flashing and boots, and look for signs of damage where ice dams are likely to form, such as beneath windows and near gutters.
If you can perform all of the steps yourself, then you might be able to forgo a professional inspection in the warmer months, but it's a good idea to get the roof looked at by a licensed roofer at least once a year. If you're uncomfortable with any of the steps described above, then calling in a professional is your best move. Many roofing companies have spring and summer inspection packages that include tree trimming and gutter cleaning.