With warmer weather slowly making its way into the Pocono Mountain region, the snow from Winter Storm Stella is beginning to melt. It is spring clean up time! Storms like Stella are not friendly to your roof’s shingles, so spring clean up and inspection for your roof is not something, as a homeowner, you should ignore. A thorough inspection and clean up will help maintain the aesthetics and life span of your roof. Here are some tips on what to look for during a spring clean up:

Tree limbs

If you have any kind of trees surrounding your roof, you should trim them so they do not touch your roof. The scrapping from the branches can cause damage like broken shingles and loose granules. This type of damage will cause the lifespan of your roof to drop severely.

Leaves and Pine Needles

Don’t panic if you have a few leaves or pine needles on your roof. However, if they begin to pile up and begin to hold moisture, they should be removed. If they hold moisture, mildew can form, gutters can become blocked off, and unnecessary extra weight will be sitting on your roof.  A roof rake or air blower can be used to clear the debris off, but be sure to use proper safety precautions while doing so.

Moss

Removing some leaves and tree limbs will help limit the amount of moss growth because of the extra sunlight that will be hitting the roof. There are chemicals that can be used to prevent moss growth. However, these chemicals can be damaging to the plants around your home due to rain runoff. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridge line of your roof. As rain washes across the surface, the strips create an environment where moss cannot grow.

Mold

When you look at your roof, do you see streaks of discoloration? If you do, your roof has a mold, algae, or fungus issue. These types of fungi can eat away at your roofing material ultimately causing leaks in your roof. There are algae-resistant shingles, like those sold by GAF, that are created using a specially formulated granule that prevents algae growth. When cleaning your roof, please make sure not to use a power washer as it can dislodge your shingles’ granules and cause shingle failure.

Gutter Damage

 Heavy snow from storms like Winter Storm Stella can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.

Missing Shingles, Chimney, and Flashing

A complete inspection by a contractor can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.

Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challenges—and for many years to come.