Spring is a good time to complete all the projects on your home's exterior that have been neglected during the winter. The exterior of your home can take quite a beating during winter's fierce storms, including its roof and gutters. Here are some tips to get your home's exterior summer-ready to continue protecting your home's interior.
Repair Roof Damage
A common type of roof damage left over from winter is missing shingles. Anytime you find loose shingles lying in your yard, you should check your roof for signs of their being missing and replace them, when necessary. You can often do this from the safety of your front or back yard. But a close-up inspection of your roof from its elevation will help you discover damaged or missing shingles before they turn into a larger moisture-intrusion problem.
Leaves, twigs, and other debris left on your roof from wind storms can trap moisture on your shingles and also begin to decompose, resulting in your shingles beginning to break down and grow mold and mildew. If you have access to get on your roof, safely remove all debris from it, or hire a roofing professional to clean and inspect your roof for any problems. Preventing roof damage by removing debris and looking for potential problems can save you a great deal of expense in repairing damage from a leaking roof.
Correct Damaged Gutters
Because your home's roof and foundation rely upon your gutters to properly drain water away, any damage or misalignment of your gutters can cause interior home moisture damage. A set of gutters installed on your roof's edge that contains holes, cracks, and sagging sections will cause water to drain down onto the soil around your home. And if the gutters are filled with excess debris, the water can back up onto the roof during warm weather storms, and during winter can lead to ice dam formation and ice damage to your roof and shingles.
Inspect your gutters for any sagging due to damaged connectors and reattach the gutters using new gutter attachment hardware. You can find this at most roofing and home improvement stores. You can choose to replace entire sections of your aging gutters when they have sprung a leak, either in the form of a hole, crack, or a disconnected seam. You can also talk to a roofing and gutter professional about having new gutters installed. There are many types available, including gutters with screen protection to keep debris from filling your gutters.