As winter begins to fade away and the first signs of spring come to New Hampshire, now is the time to start thinking about some important maintenance tasks to complete for your Manchester roofing. Putting these items on your spring “to do” list can help protect your roof from some of the most common problems that winter weather can bring.
#1: Do a Quick Roof Inspection
The best way to avoid extensive damage to your Manchester roofing is to spot potential problems early, before they become major problems that require major roofing repairs or even roof replacement. There are some common signs of roof damage you can look for when the snow melts:
- Shingles that look different, including buckling, blistered, or curled shingles
- Areas where shingles are missing
- Pieces of shingles or whole shingles in your yard or gutters
- Signs of rust around chimneys and other roof protrusions
- A lot of shingle granules in the gutters
If you see any of these signs, the best thing to do is call a Manchester roofing contractor to come and repair the problem right away.
#2: Clean and Repair Gutters
If you’re like most homeowners, cleaning the gutters is at the bottom of the list of things you want to do, but it’s at the top of the list of simple things you can do to preserve the life of your shingles. Properly functioning gutters help keep snow and rain off your Manchester roofing and away from your home—gutters that are filled with debris or in disrepair will allow water to leak through or spill over, which leads to puddles in and around your home’s foundation and could even lead to flooding in severe cases.
#3: Inspect the Interior
Another way to spot potential roofing problems—especially if you still have some lingering snow on the roof or in the yard that is preventing you from getting on the roof—is to check your attic. This is where you can find signs of water damage, such as water streaks or stains on the boards under your roof, wet insulation or excessive humidity in the attic, and black streaks (a sign of mold or mildew). You can also check during the day for light that comes through the roof, which is a sign of a potential roof leak.
This maintenance list can help you discover potential roofing problems early and get them fixed by a Manchester roofing company early on before they present problems later.