Excitement fills the air as we celebrate the first days of spring. For most people spring is a lot like New Years; a time to start fresh again. We say goodbye to the snow, ice and cold and welcome back to the sunshine, colorful landscape and warmth. Spring is the season of freshness. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming and spring rain is bringing life to the bugs, crickets and other sounds of the season. An unexpected result of long, harsh winters is spring roof leaks. When the spring rain starts in on a shingle roof that has seen an unkind winter many homeowners find themselves seeking the assistance of local roofing contractors.
Many leaks are found in the spring but tend to have begun being problematic long before they are spotted. This is why roof maintenance is the most crucial during the fall and spring seasons. Leaks within the roof can lead to a myriad of problems from structural damage to an invasion of mold. Anytime water is seeping in to an area without the ability to completely dry moisture builds up. This can lead to expensive repairs. It is best to catch issues quickly and treat them immediately. Roofing checkups performed by professional roofing contractors twice a year, in the spring and fall, can help to maintain your roof’s lifespan.
Roofing contractors are trained to spot small issues with your roof before they turn into larger problems. Roofing repairs are substantially less expensive then complete roof replacements. The old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is sure true when it comes to home ownership.
One of the simplest ways homeowners can improve the likelihood of a perfect roof inspection is to make sure that the homes gutter and downspout systems maintain a constant flow. If at any point a clog is left within the system a buildup of water occurs. The water will eventually back up under the eaves of the home and damage will occur. Also, if gutters are left full they will begin to separate from the house which will only add to the issue. It may take a homeowner several months to detect a problem if regular checks of the system are not performed. This will lead to more damage and a greater expense for the homeowner.
Downspouts are important to more than your roofs safety. The purpose of a downspout is to move the water away from the homes foundation. A clog in the downspout could cause the water to begin flowing towards your homes foundation. Water will seep into even the tiniest of foundation cracks causing major issues for homeowners down the road. The gutter and downspout systems on your home are important in the protection of the roofs structure as well as the homes foundation.
As your roof ages it is important that a professional takes time to inspect the roof, repairing minor issues and preventing them from turning into expensive nightmares. Water damage of any kind, anywhere within your home is dangerous and costly. It is important to eliminate areas of concern the minute they arise. This will allow your homes roof a longer than average lifespan, saving you time, money and headaches.