4 Easy DIY Tips for Inspecting Your Roof in the Spring

When the worst part of winter is gone, it’s time to take a good, close look at your roof. You need to prepare it for the spring, including the warmer weather and thunderstorms. Here are four roof inspection things that you can easily do yourself:

1. Inspect the Roof for Damage

After winter is over, the first warm and dry day that you have you need to inspect your roof for winter damage. You’ll want to look for any curled shingles, loose tiles and detached flashing. You will need to replace any compromised shingles and tiles and re-fasten flashing. Otherwise, you’ll run into some major issues when the spring thunderstorms show up.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Clear tree branches, dead leaves and any shingle debris from your gutters. If you leave debris in your gutters, then the water flow will be compromised when a heavy rain comes in. Consider using a pressure washer for a more efficient cleaning, or hire a professional.

3. Conduct a Good Roof Cleaning.

Make sure all tree branches and other debris are removed from the roof. Then, grab a broom and start sweeping off the roof, if it’s dry, to remove any moss build-up. You could also apply a chemical that will kill the moss and then you can sweep it off after the moss has died.

3. Repair Interior Damage

Assuming roof leaks have been repaired, it may be time to head inside and repair any damage. More than likely, if you had a roof leak, you are going to have some stains on your ceiling. As a general rule, these can be repainted. Unfortunately, some will be so severe that you’ll need to remove the sheetrock and replace it.

While you can conduct your own roof inspection safely, if you feel that you cannot, please call a professional rather than putting yourself at risk of injury.