Give Your House’s Exterior A Spring Tune Up
Time To Check Roofs, Gutters And Siding For Winter Damage
Spring has finally arrived! Now is the time to inspect your roof, gutters and siding for damage caused by wind and weather, and to get your “spring cleaning” underway. The following suggestions can help prolong the life of your roof, gutters and siding, and also make you aware of potential problems. There are some things that a homeowner can do and other things that require the help of a professional.
Let’s start from the roof down. It is important to climb up on your roof and remove any loose debris and moss. Use a hose and broom to remove all of the leaves and pine needles. The best way to do this is to spray with a hose and nozzle from the top ridge down. It is important NOT to use anything abrasive. Use a soft broom if necessary, but ALWAYS spray or sweep from the top down. Never spray or sweep against or under the shingles. Now is the time to check carefully to see if you have any cracked or missing shingles. If you see buckled or curled shingles, it means a new roof is often necessary. Contact a roofing specialist for an estimate.
To remove moss, we suggest you use one of the commercial moss removers that can be purchased from any hardware store. Hook the applicator to your hose and spray your roof with the solution. Let it sit for about a week, and the moss will dry up, turn brown and fall off the roof. You may need to use a hose and soft broom to help remove some of the dead moss.
After your roof is debris free, it is time to clean out your gutters. We suggest that you clean the gutters with a hose and a plastic gutter tool. A gutter tool looks like a plastic scoop and can be purchased at hardware stores. Make sure the down-spout is clear of debris and not plugged. This is a great time to check the gutters to make sure they are not loose or hanging. If they have come loose, you should call a professional to re-attach them.
If you have a chimney, check the chimney cap and mortar and also the flu for cracks. It is also a good idea to check your attic roof vents at this time. There should be a roof vent every four to six feet along the peak of the roof. The vents eliminate heat and reduce condensation and moisture from your attic. If you have eve ventilation, make sure the insulation is not blocking airflow from the lower eve vents to the upper ridge vents.
If you have vinyl, metal or wood siding, spring is the best time to hose the dirt off. Once again, do not use anything abrasive. A hose with a spray nozzle is the best tool to use. Here is a “tip” that many have learned the “hard way;” once you start scrubbing the siding, you will have to scrub the entire house because you will be able to see where you didn‘t scrub. That can be a huge, time consuming project!
Spring is upon us, and it is the perfect time to clean and evaluate the condition of your roof, gutters and siding. With a few simple tools, and a little elbow grease, a homeowner can clean and check the condition of these important items. If any repairs are necessary, spring is wonderful time to fix any problems before the bad winter weather arrives. If you need any help or repairs, please call Galloway Roofing and Siding at 535-9176.
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