5 ways to love your roof this spring
Even though Valentine’s Day is behind us, love is still in the air and on the minds of many hopelessly romantic homeowners.
But what about showing some love for your biggest protector—the structural system that keeps all your favorite people, pets and possessions safe from all the elements year round? AKA: your roof.
Sure, it may not be as romantic as say, a whirlwind trip to Paris with your sweetheart, but showing your roof some love this spring can ensure that you have “a roof over your head” (and heart) all year round.
Plus, a little preventative roof maintenance now will definitely cost you a lot less than a trip to Paris. The fact is, neglecting regular maintenance of your roofing system can lead to costly repairs and unnecessary replacements further down the line. And there’s nothing romantic about that.
Roof maintenance tips: 5 ways to love your roof this spring
1. Maintain regular roof inspections
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners get their roof inspected by a professional twice a year—once in the fall, after hot weather has subsided, and once in the spring, after the danger of ice and snow has passed.
Make sure that the winter’s snow and ice has not damaged roof shingles or flashings or loosened sheet-metal openings. Check for signs of leakage around roof hatches, skylights and vents.
Shingles around gutters should also be checked for damage from melting ice dams–a large cluster of ice that forms around a roof’s edge as snow melts and freezes over and over again. If a roof has leakage due to ice damming, the damage should be inspected by a qualified, licensed roofing contractor.
2. Keep it clean
With spring showers, come not only May flowers and all their potentially gutter-clogging seed pods, buds and petals, but also wind, rain, hail, moss, lichen, and algae. It’s important to remove all debris from rooftops, drains, gutters and downspouts to ensure water from melting snow and ice, and spring rains will properly drain from the roof.
Check the roof line for any overhanging trees and bushes, and trim back any branches or vines, no matter how pretty or fragrant the flowers might be. “Wisteria is like an elephant if left unchecked. I’ve seen it pull down soffits and trees—it’s really powerful,” Marcia Weber, owner of Atlanta-based Gardens to Love told Angie’s List. “I’ve also seen vines pop off tiles of Spanish tile roofs, damage stucco where it’s attached and grow into the house through the walls.”
If you notice mold or algae growth on your roof during your inspection, you may want to consider having your roof cleaned by a professional. A professional roof cleaning company uses special equipment that won’t harm your shingles and biodegradable cleaning solutions that can help prevent regrowth.
3. Let it breathe
Remember our earlier discussion about ice damming? Another common culprit causing that repetitive ice build-up could be a lack of ventilation. Inadequate ventilation can also cause mold. If air isn’t moving through your attic and roof, moisture will build up.
Roofing experts say the majority of U.S. homes do not have proper roof ventilation, which can lead to severe roof damage. The Federal Housing Administration recommends at least 1 square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space.
It’s also important to be mindful of the vents you do have. Make sure that exhaust and intake vents are all clear and free of obstructions, including insulation.
4. Make sure you’re covered
Checking in on your homeowners insurance policy might not seem like an obvious spring roof maintenance tip, but it’s an important one. According to CoreLogic and as reported in ConsumerReports, about 60 percent of all U.S. homes are underinsured by an average of 20 percent.
In addition, many homeowners don’t realize that a standard policy doesn’t cover everything. For example, 56 percent incorrectly think that flood insurance is covered by a standard policy, according to Princeton Survey Research Associates International.
“Being misinformed about your home policy can be an extremely expensive mistake — especially when a few inches of water in a 1,000 square-foot home can easily cost over $10,000 in repairs,” said Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at insuranceQuotes.
So it pays to double check your policy to see what will and won’t be covered in the event of a disaster.
5. Get a rock solid warranty
Hand-in-hand with checking in on your homeowners insurance policy coverage is re-familiarizing yourself with your roof warranty. Not all warranties are created equal, and it’s a good idea to make sure you know what yours covers before a big spring storm blows through.
For example, did you know that some roof warranties have an expiration date? A manufacturer’s warranty will often vary between 20- and 30-year shingles. If you buy a lifetime warranty, ask what is considered a “lifetime.” A lifetime, by warranty terms, may only be 30 years.
Long Roofing has one of the best warranties in the business: a 50-year, non-prorated, transferable warranty.
Is your roof ready for spring?
With these spring roof maintenance tips in your tool belt, you’re ready to ensure that your roof will last through many, many seasons to come. But you don’t have to go it alone.
Let the experts at Long Roofing help you make the most of your home improvement projects this spring and beyond. If your roof needs some love, call us today at 844-602-LONG for a free estimate on a roof replacement.