Inspection

Now that winter is over and spring is coming to a close, you may want to make sure your home is in top shape for the traditional summer thunderstorms that will soon be rolling through. Checking your roof for damage is easy if you know what to look for. First, you’ll want to check your shingles for any loose or damaged areas. This could comprise your roofs ability to do its job and keep the water out of your home. Also, the summer heat can damage shingles, so you should replace pieces that are cracked, missing granules, buckled, or loose. A qualified roofer, like Nauman Roofing, should be asked to inspect the areas surrounding the chimney, plumbing vents, and skylights.

If you begin to see water stains inside on the walls of your home, you may want to check your roof for signs of damage. Next, you will want to clean and inspect your gutters. Damaged gutters can cause water to leak into your basement or crawl space. The gutter drain should also point away from the foundation. Finally, you will want to make sure that trees and bushes are trimmed and away from your roof because the damp, shaded areas will encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Tree branches also have the possibility of puncturing the shingles. This preventive method could save you a lot of time, money, and energy in the long run.

Cleaning

Although we recommend you hire a professional due to  safety requirements, if you feel as though your roof is a low enough pitch that you can clean it yourself, here are some tips. Cleaning your roof can help prevent large repairs down the road. When cleaning, you will want to make sure you have the following items: a solution that will kill algae and mold, and humid temperatures. The right cleaner will potentially prevent algae or mold for an entire year, which is why it is important to clean your roof every year. It is never a good idea to use a power washer on a roof. Although it may be tempting, the high water pressure can lift the shingles and cause further damage. The humid temperatures with overcast sun is important for the drying process after your roof has been cleaned. If the sun is too hot, it could dry off the detergent before it has killed the mold and algae.

When washing your roof, you should clean it in sections. Because a wet roof can be slippery and dangerous, you should start the cleaning at the bottom of the roof and move upwards. This will give you a dry surface to stand on at all times.