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Pre-Summer Roof Maintenance Checklist – Part 1

May 7, 2024

Winter storms are behind us, and we’re eager for summer to arrive. However, that doesn’t mean we can neglect roof maintenance. Before we relax in the warm weather or take our summer trips, it’s crucial to ensure your roof is in good condition. At Patriot Roofing, we are committed to helping our customers protect their homes and families by taking care of their roofs.

 

Is your roof ready for summer? Here’s the first part of our roof maintenance checklist to take care of this spring.

 

Inspect Shingles and Roofing Materials

Winter weather can dislodge or damage shingles, leading to water damage and leaks. Not all shingle damage looks the same, so it’s important to inspect carefully. Shingles can crack, curl, or blister, and damage isn’t always obvious from the ground. If you can do so safely, use a ladder to get a closer look, but don’t climb on the roof. You also need to look for damage or wear to the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights.

 

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Keeping your gutters clean isn’t a glamorous job, but it’s essential to protecting your roof. Clogged gutters fill with water, which can cause parts of your roof to decay. Once the gutters are clear, check the angles and downspouts to allow for proper drainage. It’s also important to make sure the gutters are securely attached to the roof to avoid damage to the edge of your roof or your landscaping below.

 

Trim Overhanging Branches

Trees near your home provide welcome shade in the summertime, but overhanging branches can pose a roof maintenance problem. If any branches are in danger of falling on your roof, trim them back to keep your roof clear of debris.

 

Inspect the Attic and Ceiling

Your attic and ceiling can tell you a lot about the condition of your roof. Look for water stains, mold, or mildew, as they are all signs of water getting in from the outside. Adequate attic ventilation also helps prevent moisture buildup, which can cause water damage and structural issues.

 

Check for Pest Infestations

Critters sometimes turn attics, eaves, and gutters into their homes. While we don’t resent animals building nests in safe places, you don’t want them in your home. Look for signs of birds, rodents, or insect infestations, and take steps to remove them and keep them from coming back.

 

There’s roof maintenance to do to ensure your home is ready for summer! Check back for our next blog with the rest of the list.

In the meantime, contact us at 801-937-9602 for all your roof maintenance needs.