Spring Roof Maintenance Tips. Is your roof ready for Spring?
As the cold weather begins to make way for summer in many parts of the country, now is the time to clean up for spring. Winter weather can be a shingle’s enemy (especially in areas Texas that had to deal with so many storms), so it’s important for contractors to reach out to homeowners to help them with their roof’s spring-cleaning and inspection. Not only will this make a home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips to share with your customers on what to look for during spring cleaning.
Tree limbs. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch a roof. If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.
Leaves and pine needles. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.
Moss. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.
Mold. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. GAF manufactures algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae growth, in addition to shingles with StainGuard®Protection. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.
Gutter damage. Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.
Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing. A complete inspection by a contractor can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.
Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many years to come.
Has your roof received hail damage? Noticed missing shingles or gutter issues? Call 817-507-8152 to speak with one of our roofing experts and schedule a free inspection!
The Eagle Roofing Company proudly serves the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas and surrounding area. We offer a variety of roofing & construction services from residential to commercial projects. We’re a locally owned and operated company. In most cases you will deal with the owner of the company not just a sales representative, like most roofing companies.
The Eagle Roofing would love to assist you with your projects. They’re committed to serving customers with prompt, valuable, and superior products and service; as well as giving their clients the peace of mind that the installation of their new roof has been installed to the highest standard with a paramount attention to detail.
We proudly serve the Dallas/Fort Worth including but not limited to Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, North Richland Hills, Haltom City, Watauga, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Denton, Lewisville, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Irving and surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact us at 817-507-8152 to assist with your roofing and construction needs.