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How To Prepare Your Roof And Gutters For Spring

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Whenever the season changes, you should perform regular maintenance on your home. This includes cleaning and inspecting your roofing system and gutters. Your gutters need regular cleaning year-round, but that's not all. You also need to inspect your roofing system as a whole before the temperatures start warming up. Here are some tips for preparing your roof and gutters for the spring season.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Start by cleaning out your gutters. You need to remove all the dirt, debris, leaves, and branches from your gutters. Cleaning them out is important as it helps to prevent clogging and potential damage to the gutters from the weight of the debris. It is especially important before the spring season if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain during this season. You will need a ladder to reach the gutters, and yard waste garbage bags for disposing of the debris.

Inspect the Gutters

After they are cleaned out, you will be able to inspect the gutters thoroughly. Look at all sides of the gutters, going around your roof. Make sure they are in good condition and make note of any signs of wear and tear, cracks, or damage that needs to be repaired. If you see mild cracks or holes, seal them as soon as possible. You can use caulk to seal the cracks, then spray a sealant on top to prevent leaks and further damage. More serious damage will need to be repaired by a roofing contractor.

Install a Gutter Guard

In order to prevent clogging of the gutters after they have been cleaned out, you can have a gutter guard installed. Gutter guards cover the top of your gutters, so that large debris like sticks, flower petals and leaves don't clog the gutters, but there is still room for the water from your roof to glide down the gutters and out the downspout. While smaller debris may still get in the gutter, it is much less than what you deal with when you don't have a gutter guard.

Inspect Your Roof

Now that the gutters are taken care of, you can inspect the rest of the roof. Grab your ladder and head up to the roof to look at the surface. You want to inspect the roofing tiles or shingles, looking to see if any of them look worn, broken, or are starting to peel away from the roof's surface. Also look for signs of decay due to sunlight exposure. You will see holes, cracks, or faded areas if there is any wear and tear, or damage from the sun. Also look to see if there are any loose materials on the roof, as these will need to be secured. If you have metal areas, look for signs of rust as well.

Check the roof edging near where the gutters are located to find signs of damage. The edge of your roof is susceptible to damage in certain weather conditions. If you had a rough winter, you may have some repairs to be done. If you found any damage on the roof, get repairs done by a company like A-1 Roofing & Siding before the spring season begins.

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25 March 2015