With spring right around the corner, most of us are looking forward to the warmer weather, longer days, and more sunshine. While spring does come with its own share of perks, there are a couple elemental setbacks that normally come hand in hand with the warmer temperatures. From torrential downpours to gusty winds, the weather can get a little sporadic during springtime, and there is no telling exactly what kind of punishment your Austin roof and gutters are going to need to be able to withstand in order to keep your home adequately protected. Instead of having to respond to the weather every time it changes, sometimes it pays to invest in a little bit of preventative care to make sure that your roof and gutters are prepared for the unpredictable times ahead. With just a little bit of effort now, you can effectively eliminate a lot of the worrying you will have to do later. To assist you with this undertaking, our team of professional Austin roofing contractors have taken the time to put together a short list of things you can do now to help defend your roof and gutters against the ever changing spring weather.
Thoroughly Inspect Your Gutters
It can be very easy to lose track of the exact condition of your roofing and gutter systems during the colder winter months, as, usually, the last thing many homeowners want to do is to break out the ladder and get up on their roof in the middle of the cold. However, once the weather begins to warm up, one of the first steps you can take to ensure that your gutters are prepared for spring is to climb up and give them a thorough inspection. It is nearly impossible to ascertain exactly what has accumulated in them from the ground, so either breaking out the ladder or hiring a professional to come out and take a look is the only way to do so. During this inspection, a professional is going to look out for cracks, holes, or any other signs of wear, and take steps to seal them immediately. Untreated gutter damage can easily product additional cracks in your home’s foundation, letting water leak into your home.
Look For Roof Fatigue
After ensuring that your gutters are in good condition, it’s time to move on to the roof proper. For this step, we highly recommend that you call in a professional, as they will be able to do the jog safely and will have an experienced eye to spot any problems. Upon inspecting your roof, any signs of damage or surface decay should be dealt with immediately, especially if your roof is made of wood as winter provides ample opportunity for decay to occur, leading to leaks and even buildup of fungi. Not addressing these issues as soon as they are spotted will result in the progressive weakening of your shingles and roof’s structure overall. This can be particularly troublesome as when this happens, and temperatures start to rise, your roof will become less and less effective at actually reflecting heat, making the inside of your house more humid. A professional will be able to take care of any and all algae and fungi buildup to help you keep your roof in the best condition possible.
Repair Any Rust
If you have a metal roof on your home, it is especially important that you be on the lookout for any signs of rust or corrosion forming. Removing rust from your metal roof is usually a job that you will want to call in the professionals for, as if you attempt to do it on your own it will usually require a great deal of scrubbing with a wire brush and then sanding. A professional roofing contractor will be able to take care of this tedious aspect of the job for you and then give it the high pressure cleaning it needs after the rust is scrubbed off. After this process, they will coat all of the scrubbed areas with a thin layer of roofing cement to keep the rust from coming back.