Springtime in the Rockies means many things for Colorado residents, and the change in weather brings with it the need for professional roof inspection. Every season presents different challenges that roofs must overcome — all of which can accumulate in the spring.
Whether it be the occasional late-season blizzard, the spring buds falling off the trees and into the gutters, or a pummeling spring hailstorm, Colorado springs are notorious for various weather conditions that could wreak havoc on your roof. In today’s post, we’ll remind you of the best ways to make sure your roof is ready for spring weather. If you notice any abnormalities in your roof or want the assistance of trained professionals, schedule a roof inspection with Planet Roofing in Denver today!
Clean the Gutters
It might sound trite, but ensuring your gutters are clean is a crucial first step in keeping your roof safe this spring. While there aren’t many foreign objects that can clog your gutters in the winter, spring brings with it plenty of potentially disastrous add-ons. Some trees drop their buds in the spring while others simply lose twigs, leaves, and branches during windy days and snowstorms. If left untreated, these impediments can prevent water from draining properly and instead lead to water damage under your roof, and even basement flooding in some cases.
Inspect Your Attic
One of the easiest ways to tell if your roof was damaged during the winter is to check the attic directly. From inside your attic or crawlspace, you might be able to detect areas where the sun is sneaking through or water is dripping. Any puddles of water, damp beams, or excess moisture are all telltale signs that there is a leak in your roof that needs correcting ASAP. Spring rainstorms will only worsen the problem if not properly cared for beforehand.
Check Your Shingles
Shingles are the first line of defense on your roof, and they must be cared for to prevent larger problems from surfacing. Over time, all shingles will eventually start to wear, and if that happens before a heavy Colorado hailstorm, the effects could be severe. If you notice missing, damaged, or overly smooth shingles, they must be replaced to protect the overall health of your roof.
Look for Other Signs of Damage
While shingles are certainly an important part of your roof, they are the only things that protect it. Flashing — the material which covers the chimney as it extends through the roof — is a common area of damage that should be inspected. This is often an easy place for excess water to seep through the roof. Ventilation stacks are also crucial to the safety of your overall house as they allow moisture to leave your house, so make sure all stacks are functioning and undamaged. Lastly, caulking and weather strips add another line of defense against moisture. Make sure both are fresh before spring weather arrives.
Call the Professionals for Roof Inspection
If you feel uncomfortable getting on your roof, we are here to help. At Planet Roofing and Solar in Denver, our professional roof inspectors will handle all of this work to ensure that your roof is free of damage and ready for springtime. If you do perform the inspection yourself and notice any problems, we can help you plan your next steps. Get started with a free inspection today!