Summer has finally hit in Colorado Springs. Colorado is infamous for rapidly changing weather; it feels like we just had our last spring blizzard not that long ago. Spring is a difficult season to pin down for Colorado, especially when it comes to outdoor maintenance like gardening, painting, or roofing. You never know when the weather is going to turn. But luckily, summer time seems to stay constant, which makes it a good time to go check your roof and see what the past year has done.
Performing regular roof maintenance is something that could prolong the life of your residential roof by years. If you are able to check the roof out every once in a while, check on the shingles, get rid of debris, you might be able to catch some problems before they escalate into huge money guzzlers.
That’s why we’ve prepared a summertime checklist for DIY roof maintenance for home owners. Doing these few things every season could really make a difference for the health of your residential roof. Remember, be safe, and call in a roofing professional if something needs more attention than you can offer.
- Inspect and Clean the Gutters
The gutter system on your house is a big influencer when it comes to your roof. Having gutters that have accumulated a lot of debris and have become clogged, or gutters that are getting old and rusted can cause the fascia and trim on your roof to start deteriorating themselves. Water could start getting backed up which could cause the shingles on your roof to start peeling. That’s why it is very important to do regular gutter cleanings. This can be done by a professional or by you. You can take some gloves, brush out any debris. Then, inspect for any holes or joint gaps, look for broken downspouts or any areas that appear to be sagging. If the entire gutter system looks like that, it may be time to get your gutters replaced.
- Remove any Loose Debris
Just like you removed all the debris from your gutters, it is important inspect your roof and remove any branches, leaves, or any other type of debris from the surface. Having a collection of debris on your roof could cause damage long-term if it is left ignored. It could get into your gutter system and clog it; it could get damp and moist and start growing mold underneath or cause water damage; or it could get underneath your shingles and start lifting them up. Any way it happens, loose debris can cause damage to the surface of your roof.
- Check the Shingles and Flashing
To check for shingle or flashing damage, take a look at your roof from a safe distance (using binoculars on the ground or a sturdy ladder). Inspect the surface for any granule deposits, any bare areas, broken or peeling shingles, or any missing or damaged flashing. These can be in the valleys of your roof, around the edge, along the chimney or vent pipes, or any other susceptible area on your roof. If you see an abundance of peeled and curled shingles in more than one location on the roof, it may be time to get your roof replaced. Definitely call in a local roofing company to perform a professional inspection to see if you need your roof replaced.
- Inspect the Chimney, the Skylights, and the Vent Openings
Remembering to keep safety as your number one priority, see if you can get a closer look at your chimney, skylights and vent openings. If you are able, clean the chimney with a chimney brush (remembering to close the fireplace opening in your home so that you don’t get a bunch of dust inside), and then see if there is any missing bricks or cracked mortar. Then, go ahead and remove any debris and clean off your skylights or vent openings and inspect for damage.
- Check the Attic or the Interior Ceiling
Finally, head back inside to look at the interior ceiling space and your attic to see if you can identify any water damage, any structural damage, mold growth, or damaged drywall. The inside of your attic is a vulnerable space, especially when it goes through Colorado winters. Check for any leaks that have occurred over the past seasons by using a flashlight to look for drips, stains, or damp insulation. If you do have a leak or significant structural damage, it may be time to call a roofing company. Interior roof damage can be a big job that often requires professional help.
While roof maintenance is quite the job, it will be well worth it in the long run. Many roofing companies often perform regular maintenance for you so that you don’t have to get up on your roof and do the dirty work. Regardless of how it is done, roof maintenance is very important and could save you a lot of money in the end.
If you are looking for a company that performs regular roof inspections, residential roof replacements, or simple maintenance, Cheyenne Mountain Roofing is a local company here in Colorado Springs and can do the job right. Contact us to get a roof inspection done today.