Now that spring has arrived, many homeowners are choosing to get outdoors and enjoy a bit of the milder weather before summer begins in earnest. During this time, however, it is important to remember that there are things that likely need to be done around the house in order to ensure your home is properly prepared for the months ahead, and for your roof in particular, this is especially important. Your roof is easily one of the most important surfaces on your entire home, and if your roof doesn’t get the care it needs now to ensure it is in good shape for the rest of what the spring and summer months have in store for it, it could wind up costing you. Your roof is subjected to some pretty brutal treatment during the winter months, and the spring months carry their own share of difficulties, which means that right now, as the weather is in the process of changing, is the time to get up there, or have a professional do so, and ensure your roof is prepared for what’s to come. To help you in this task, our team of roofing professionals have taken the time to put together this short list highlighting several things you can do now, while we are still in the early stages of spring, to prepare your roof for what’s to come.
While most homeowners know to clean their gutters towards the end of fall, there are many homeowners out there who don’t realize that they really need to be cleaned out again in the early spring. The fall and winter months can result in a lot of debris and foliage getting trapped in your gutters, and as the spring rains start to come down over the coming months, it is going to be more and more important to ensure yours are cleared out so the resulting water can safely find its way off of your roof. If your gutters are still stuffed with debris left over from the fall and winter, that water can easily start to pool on your roof, seeping into your attic and causing you a whole host of problems. While the weather is still fairly mild, take the time to break out the ladder and remove the debris you can, and use a hose to flush out any remainders to keep your gutters flowing smoothly.
Your gutters aren’t the only part of your home that tend to collect debris over the course of the fall and winter months. Despite what you might think, your roof actually manages to collect its fair share of debris as well, and now, while the weather and temperatures are still fairly mild, is the time to get up there, or have a professional do so, and get it cleared off. Any debris that is still on your roof when a spring storm comes through the area can quickly turn into a projectile that could easily damage other areas of your home, or your neighbor’s home. Having your roof cleaned is also a great way to check for any broken or damaged shingles, and to remove the build-up of any mold, mildew, or fungus that might have started to grow in recent months.
All too often, Pitch Masters gets contacted by homeowners about leaky roofs. We have water coming from our ceiling!!! What should we do?
Pitch Masters schedules a visit for our 15 Point Roof Inspection. At that time, the homeowner mentions the fact, that the roof was recently replaced. But when they tried to contact the previous roofer, he was nowhere to be found. What happened? Why is my roof leaking? Where is my Warranty? The roof has prematurely failed, well short of the 20, 30, or 40 year warranty promised by the previous roofer. This can be very frustrating, to say the least. When we ask to see the contract or warranty documents, the homeowner has nothing, except for a business card from the previous roofer, with just the dollar amount on the back of it.
Unfortunately, this homeowner went for the “low-bid” offer from a contractor that is probably already out-of-business. “How much?” and “When can you start?” are not the only questions to ask. The homeowner has made a very costly mistake in his choice of contractor. Since most roofs fail due to improperly installed products, it is not the manufacturers responsibility to make repairs. Therefore, the homeowner has to go through the contractor search, and decision-making process, all over again.
At Pitch Masters Roofing, we offer all the resources you will need to make the right choice.
From our wide selection of roofing products, comprehensive installation warranty, to our custom roof analysis, you can rest assured your project rests in the hands of well-trained, skilled professionals.