Is your roof ready for Spring? Check out which five things you need to inspect!

As winter comes to an end, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the incoming spring weather. While you get ready to dive into spring cleaning, make sure to not leave out an often overlooked part of your house: the roof! Harsh winter weather may have caused some damage to your roof’s exterior and interior, so it’s important to inspect your roof before spring hits. Read on to find out what five things you should inspect on your roof now.

1. Shingles

The first and most obvious thing you want to search for is any missing, damaged, or worn shingles. It’s common for shingles to incur tears or cracks during the winter months due to cold weather, ice, and snow. To get a proper look, you may need to use a ladder and get on your roof for a close inspection. A trusted professional, like the ones here at Haynes, should be able to do this for you while following proper safety precautions 

2. Gutters

Next, you will want to make sure your gutters are clean of any debris they may have collected over the past few months. You can clear this material by hand yourself or hire a professional to do so. After everything is cleaned out, run some water through your gutter using a hose and check for any clogs or leakage in the downspouts. Afterward, look over your gutters and check to see if they are still connected or not pulled away from your home’s exterior.

3. Soffits, Fascia, and Vents

Inspect soffits, fascia, and vents for animal nests and debris. Soffits are metal or wood panels along the underside of the roof between the wall of the house and the roofline, while fascia is the metal or wood boards along the roofline or behind the eavestrough.

The maintenance and care of both are vital for the life span of a roof, so they’re not to be overlooked. Check whether the soffits or fascia have any soft spots, holes, or damaged parts. Depending on their condition, they may need to be repaired or replaced.

4. Flashing

Flashing is often overlooked by homeowners, yet is still an important part of your roofing system. It is the thin material installed around critical areas of your roof that directs water away and prevents leaks and water damage. If your gutters incurred some sort of buildup or damage over the winter, restricted water flow could have caused damage to your flashing as well. So make sure to check the flashing for any visible holes, cracks, or missing pieces.

5. Chimney

Be on the lookout for white stains building up on your roof’s chimney. These stains mean your chimney is absorbing water and can lead to leakage. Also, make sure there are no damages to your chimney’s exteriors and that the seals around it are in tip-top condition.

6. Attic

After you’ve finished checking everything on your roof’s exterior, you’ll want to head inside and see if your roof’s interior has incurred any damage. With a flashlight peak around inside your attic. You’ll want to look for any cracks, leaks, sagging, or ventilation issues. Any of these are sure-fire signs you will need roof repairs fast.

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It’s important to make sure your roof is inspected by an expert set of eyes. So give the professionals at Haynes Roofing a call or set up your free estimate. We have years of experience and are happy and ready to serve you!

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