Spring will be here in Vancouver before we know it, and with spring fever comes spring cleaning. While most of us tend to focus on the interiors of our homes when it comes to spring cleaning, we want to turn your focus to something that has probably been overlooked year after year – your roof. The roof of your home is the first line of defense and protection from the elements, and consequently it takes a beating during winter months. It is very important to take good care of your roof so it can keep taking good care of your home, and here are some spring cleaning tasks for your roof that can help keep it looking and functioning its best; and help keep the costs of roof cleaning services down.
It is no surprise that debris builds up on the roof when you consider everything your roof is exposed to. When debris is not cleared away, it can cause blockages on your roof and in your gutters, which can lead to some serious damage if and when it rains. Moss and mildew can easily grow on your roof, and if not cleaned off will only keep growing and spreading. Keeping your shingles clean and clear, and clearing off everything that has built up over the winter months, will not only make your roof look better, but can also prevent future problems and damage.
Damage, missing, or broken shingles create weak spots in your roof, and leave it more susceptible to leaks or other damages. If you notice loose shingles, or find any that have been compromised, get them repaired or replaced right away.
When water is not directed properly from your roof through gutters and downspouts, it can cause water to build up and potentially find its way into your home. Water needs to be able to drain off of your roof, and be funneled at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation, and if you gutters or eaves are broken, clogged, bent, or damaged, it can greatly affect the way water is directed off of and around your home. Check your gutters and downspouts every spring to remove any build up and blockages, find any damaged areas, and ensure they are doing their part in protecting your roof and home from water damage.
If you have large established trees near your home with branches lying on or near your roof, trim them away. Branches can scratch against your roof, fall off onto your roof during heavy winds, and cause other potential hazards to your home when left unattended. You need to give your roof safe clearance from tree branches to prevent possible damage.
Here is the real tricky part, to perform these tasks you need to be able to get up on your roof. This can be a very risky and dangerous task if you are not trained or do not have the right equipment. The good news is Upright Exterior is here for you. We are trained in roof cleaning, and offer our services in Vancouver and surrounding areas. We can safely access and assess your roof, spot damaged areas, and get it clean and clear to keep it in the best condition possible. So this spring, call Upright Exterior to give your roof the spring cleaning it deserves.