Warmer weather is upon us and spring is right around the corner. We know we’re ready, but is your roof? Especially with the crazy winter weather we’ve had this year, it’s a good idea to check for ice and snow damage that can easily occur. It would also be a good idea to have a professional come out for an annual inspection to ensure everything is safe and sound up there.
However, prior to giving HNL a call to come take a look, you can scope out your situation from the ground with some binoculars. If you’re feeling it, you can also climb up onto the roof to take a look around and remove any large items and debris, including branches, twigs and leaves. Be sure to have an assistant on hand to be on the lookout in case there’s an emergency while you’re up there.
Now, let’s talk about ways you can begin to prep your roof for this glorious season!
1. Remove Any Loiterers
We talked about this above, but it bears repeating. Remove any and all debris you can from the roof. Sticks, branches, pine needles and leaves all need to be vacated. Otherwise, once those spring showers hit, you’re going to be looking at some clogged and potentially damaged gutters. This can result in water damage, which can be quite expensive to repair.
2. Check For Damage
Look around for any missing or damaged shingles while you’re up on the roof. If any shingles appear to be smooth or buckled, they’ll need to be replaced. If you notice broken or missing flashing at the chimney, you’ll need to have a professional come take a look ASAP. Caulking and weatherstrips can be a lifesaver by preventing seepage into the roofing materials and home. If you see rotted or damaged caulk, it should be replaced.
3. Give Your Attic a Look
Checking out your attic or crawlspace for water or light coming in is important. If you do happen to see standing or dripping water or damp beams, you may have a leak on your hands. Keep in mind water flows downhill, so definitely look at the roof’s peak while up there. Additionally, identify mold or mildew around the house because that is a definite sign of moisture buildup.
4. Do Those Repairs
Make sure gutters and downspouts are secure because snow and ice can cause them to loosen. If you’re feeling up to it, replace missing roof tiles, shingles, flashing and caulk. Or, even better? Have a professional from HNL Construction come out and do the repairs for you! The sooner your repairs are handled, the better off your home will be.
Contact HNL Construction
This may feel very intimidating and outside your scope of expertise, and that’s okay! That’s what we’re here for. HNL can handle all of the spring prep your roof requires. Whether it’s a basic annual inspection, simple repairs or total replacement, we’ll get the job done right!