“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat”, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Isn’t that the truth?! After a long cold winter, it is so refreshing to hear the birds chirping, to see the little flowers sprout up and greet us, to feel the warm sun, and to finally open the windows of our homes.
Many Midwesterners love to spend the extra time outside while to snow melts away and the 60-degree temperatures arrive. We find ourselves locating projects to do to spend a little more time breathing in the fresh air.
One of the items that should be found on that to-do list is inspecting the roof of your home. Many times our homes take a harsh beating from the cold, ice, and snow that a Des Moines winter provides. Here are some things to look out for when doing a roof inspection, and how to fix spring problems.
Even though a good solid asphalt roof can last nearly 25 years, it is wise to keep watch for curled, buckled, or broken shingles. These areas of damage can cause water to seep through, moss or mold to grow, or leakage into your home. If you notice damaged shingles, be sure to get them fixed right away before the spring and summer rainstorms cause more complications.
Have you considered the state of your gutter system? This part of your roofing system can easily be overlooked, but it is essential to water displacement. Here are some key points to ask when looking at the gutter system:
- Are the gutters pulling away from the home?
- Are there areas of rust?
- Are the fasteners loose?
- Is the gutter paint chipping?
- Do the gutters need to be cleaned out?
- Is there evidence of plants growing in the gutters?
Take some time to thoroughly inspect the gutters so they can serve you throughout the upcoming years.
The roofs of our homes offer many areas where little critters can start their families. We, of course, would prefer they do that family-building out in nature and not on our homes! Gutters, chimney areas, and loose shingles are excellent areas for small animals to build nests. Make sure to clean out any of these areas when you inspect your roof to encourage them to move along and build a nest elsewhere.
Take some time and look around the areas which have been previously sealed. Do they need to be re-caulked? Has the cold and ice caused cracks in the sealants?
If you are unsure of just what to look for, call Total Exteriors LLC in Des Moines for any areas that need extra special attention. Including sealing up areas that may not be prepared for the upcoming seasons.
One may not realize the importance of reviewing the stature of a nearby tree when discussing common springtime roofing problems. However, as those trees grow, the branches and limbs can reach out over a home and during a strong summer storm, break off and cause damage to the roof. By taking some time in the spring, and trimming back trees, the chances of broken limbs falling on a roof are minimized.
Please call an expert tree specialist when you notice areas to be trimmed back. They are skilled and have the proper equipment to successfully and safely trim a tree with ease and professionalism.
Place your trust in a roofing contractor in Des Moines that can successfully inspect and evaluate your roof for any potential complications. Total Exteriors LLC is a roof expert in Des Moines has the knowledge, skill, and expertise to forecast any damages, and we can assist with minor repairs up to a full roof replacement. We have been serving the local community for over a decade and continually maintain superior craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and best-in-class customer service. We look forward to working with you this spring!