When the weather warms up, it's time to perform your annual roofing maintenance. These tips will help you check your roof for leaks as well as wear and tear that could lead to serious water damage. Catching these problems early could help you avoid paying hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair later. 

Clean the Gutters

The first step in maintaining your roof is to clean out the gutters. Your home's gutters carry water and debris away from your roof. Clogged gutters can cause an overspill of water during rainstorms which can lead to fascia and roof damage. Gutters can collect a lot of debris like dried leaves and twigs throughout the winter, so spring is the perfect time to perform this kind of maintenance. 

To clean out your gutters, start with a trowel and a pair of heavy duty work gloves. Standing on a ladder, use the shovel to remove the organic debris from the bottom of your gutters. Next, use a strong spray of water from a garden hose to spray the remaining debris out of the gutters. 

Inspect the Roof and Look for Loose Asphalt Granules

While you're cleaning out the gutters, look for loose asphalt granules mixed in with the debris. A few granules here and there are to be expected, but handfuls of granules are an indication that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and may need to be replaced soon.

From the ladder, perform a visual inspection of the roof, or climb up on your roof for a closer inspection. Below are some of the things to look for:

  • Fascia: The paint on the fascia should be intact and in good condition. If the paint is peeling, look at the wood underneath for water damage and rot. 
  • Shingles: Curling and missing shingles are an indication that the shingles need to be replaced. Pay special attention to the ridge caps along the top of the roof, as ridge caps deteriorate faster than other shingles. 
  • Flashing: Buckling or cracked flashing around the chimney and roof vents can lead to roof leaks and water damage. 

Check Out The Attic

Inside the house, go into the attic and inspect the rafters for signs of leakage and water damage. Water damaged wood will be darker in color than the surrounding wood and may have mold growing on it. If you see any signs that your roof has been compromised, or if your visual inspection outside the home raised red flags, contact a residential roofing contractor like Majestic Roofing, LLP.