Springtime Roof Maintenance Steps You Can Do On Your Own

If you own your own home, you know how important it is to do routine maintenance on the parts within so that they continue working properly when you need to use them. The rooftop is one of the parts of your home that needs to be checked a few times a year to make sure it is safe and functioning properly. If you are physically unable to get on your rooftop or if you are unsure of your abilities to do maintenance on your own, a professional roofing contractor will be able to thoroughly inspect and repair your roof for you. If you wish to try doing the maintenance on your own, use the following steps as a guideline.

Start Inside The Home

The first part of roof maintenance is to check all interior areas for any signs of leaking. Start in your attic. Look at the ceiling for any spots that seem dark or discolored. Note the location so that you can followup by checking the exterior. Water may be collecting in a spot underneath the shingles on the other side. If you have any areas within the home where the walls have cracks and there are brown or gray lines running down them vertically, leaking on the outside may be suspect here as well.

Follow Up Outside

Get up on your rooftop to check out areas directly opposite any markings you had found in the home. Look for any crumbled shingles or areas where shingles are curling away from the roof. These shingles can be replaced to fix the problem. Do a complete evaluation of the rest of your roof by walking back and forth over the entire surface, starting from the top and working your way down. Make sure each shingle is securely attached to the roof and that there are no spots that have missing or rusted flashing next to protrusions like your chimney or heating vents in the rooftop. Use caulk around flashing to help seal out moisture.

Check On Your Gutters

After you have repaired all shingle and flashing problems, move on to the gutter system. This needs to be cleaned out to help keep water from getting underneath the bottom layer of shingles on your roof. Grab a ladder and a bucket and start removing the debris using gloved hands. After you remove all grime from the gutters, rinse them out with a garden hose to make sure water flows through the system without obstruction. For more information, contact a business such as A-J Roofing & Waterproofing Co.