How to Maintain Your Roof in the Spring Time

Ah Springtime. The cold weather from the winter has come to an end and the warm weather is making it’s way in. The trees and flowers are blooming and everyone seems to brighten up like the sun.

As magical as this time of the year may be, it’s also a time when you should be maintaining your roof. In fact, it’s one of the times of the year when maintenance is most important. While everything is beginning to bloom, your roof is beginning to be exposed to external circumstances that can do it harm.

In this article, we want to talk about three threats that your roof may experience during the spring, and what you can do to get a grip on them.

1.) Tree Limbs and Branches

Tree branches can fall off at all times of the year, especially when storms hit, leaving behind leaves, branches, twigs, and other debris to clutter your roof and gutters. You may not be able to see from a distance, but sometimes these debris can do damage that can only be seen up close. This could include holes, cracks, or gashes or other types that can cause water to stand on your roof, as it could be preventing from flowing off due to all the debris.

Water damage is one of the last things you want for your roof, and could lead to the last resort of an expensive roof replacement if the problem isn’t addressed in time.

2.) Animals 

Critters of all kinds like to land or climb to the depths of your roof, and more often during the spring. Some like to find warmth in your roof and will claw and dig until they get what they need. Even them just moving around on your roof can cause scratches and potential tears.

3.) Strong Weather

The Spring time is the prime time for tornadoes and other strong storms. Damaging winds and hail can cause your shingles to fall off or even create tears in your roof. Not to mention, the heat can cause the roofing materials on your home to consistently contract and expand, and potentially destroy themselves in the process.

5 Important Practices to Follow When Painting Your Own Roof

Painting your roof is a tremendous way to add value to your home, no matter what type of material it is made of. Doing the job yourself doesn’t have to be expensive, but can come with some issues of safety that you may not want to find yourself dealing with.

If you are up to the challenge, we have laid out a list of measures to consider for your safety and getting the job done as efficiently as possible. Prepare yourself with these practices before taking on the challenge. If they appear to be too risky they probably are so, use your best judgement when making the final decision.

1. Begin by Cleaning

To give your roof the best looking paint coating, clean the roof to ensure that you rid all debris and stains. A high pressure washer is the best way to clean a corrugated roof, but a hosepipe and broom and work as well. Sweeping tends to work better for titled roof as it can clean more effectively between the lines.

There are many chemicals available for cleaning a roof, and best used by the instructions on the label seeing as they all work differently.

2. Roof Evaluation

The next step before painting a tile roof is to make sure that there are no broken tile, missing ones, or any that need to be replaced. For corrugated roofing, make sure to do a pre-clean by washing it with degreaser. If you have any replacement sheets or an unpainted roof, prepare the surface of the roof with the primer and make sure it is dry before you begin painting.

3. Paint Selection

When choosing a color for your paint, take into consideration that lighter colors with reflect heat, and darker colors will absorb it which can cause it to wear away faster. Buy just enough paint for two coats, and measure how much you will need by calculating the area of your roof.

4. Painting Process

Tiled roofs can be painted the easiest by using an airless spray gun or paint brush. If your roof has lost most of it’s color already, you should consider applying a thick coat of sealer first, and use water based paint.

For corrugated roofing, you want to use paint that is specifically designed for metal roofs, as it adheres better and holds up against the elements over time. Painted rollers shaped like corrugated iron are the most ideal for painting but if you are looking to get the job done faster, airless spray guns are the way to go.

5. Painting Tips

Think of the bigger picture when painting your roof, and start with the areas at the top to prevent having to walk on the paint.

The most optimal weather conditions for painting are not when it’s hot, windy, or there’s a possible chance of rain, so always be sure to keep an eye on the weather. You also want to start as early as possible to you don’t have to rush to get the job done. Safety should always come first.

*** Practice Maximum Roof Safety *** 

Roofs can be dangerous places, so you should never work on one alone in case something were to happen. This is especially important for those that haven’t spent much time working on a roof. Wearing safety gear can help out a lot, which includes work boots, a hardhat or helmet, and safety glasses/goggles, and most importantly, a safety harness.

On top of all these important thing weighs one more, which is the ladder. You should always double check to make sure that your ladder is in a sturdy position on a solid level. For maximum safety, test the balance of the ladder before climbing up or down.

Is Your Roof Getting the Ventilation That It Needs?

There’s no better time to check the ventilation in your home than when you are already hiring a professional to perform a roof maintenance check on your home.

Ventilation has changed a lot over the years, and many homes today still have the same systems in place as homes did decades ago, which is why it’s important that you see how updated yours is. The job of a ventilation system is to make sure your attic isn’t too hot or too moist. This can cause great damage to your home and other unwanted problems including mold, condensation, higher energy bills, rotting wood, shortened shingle life, and more.

A properly working ventilation system is balanced, meaning the intake at the eave should be equal to the exhaust at the ridge. This allows there to be an even flow of air to keep the roof deck and attic in the best shape possible.

 If you aren’t sure what type of ventilation system you have or what kind of shape your current one is in, it’s a good idea to call a professional to come out and make an assessment. Not only will this educate you more on your home, but it allows you to see how well your ventilation system is doing, and how far along you are until it can be expected that you replace or maintain it.

As mentioned above, many houses these days still have older systems that may no longer be sufficient enough to handle the changes in the weather. An older system could also mean that you will soon need a replacement so again, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out so you can be more in the know of what’s taking place in your home.

It’s also important to note that bad ventilation can avoid any warranties you have, not to mention it can shorten the life of your roof.

Better safe than sorry is what we always say. It may seem like a pain now to have all of these things checked out, but it can end up saving a ton of time and money in the long run.