Preparing Your Roof for the Seasonal Risks of Spring
Spring brings with it a great deal of joy – it is always exciting to experience the warmth after months of chill and the explosion of new life as plants burst into glorious bloom everywhere you look. However, as with all things, there are possible hazards to be aware of. When it comes to your roof, the milder time between winter and spring is an excellent time to examine it and be certain it is prepared for the season ahead. Even with relatively mild winters and infrequent snowfall, roof structures can be weakened when temperatures dip, and are much more likely to take damage from nearby critters trying to take shelter in your crawl space. It is important to inspect your roof for issues like these because the spring months come with a fair few risks for which you should be prepared.
It should come as no surprise that rainy spring weather can cause problems with your roof. All it takes is one cracked shingle to let water into the structure and compromise its integrity.
There are several things you can do to help protect your roof from storm damage, such as:
- Ensure your gutters are clean and functional: Gutters serve a vital purpose in bringing water away from your flower beds, siding, and even your home’s foundation. By keeping them clean before heavy rains come, you can avoid drainage problems and the structural damage that follows.
- Replace shingles that are damaged or missing: These are your first line of defense against water damage, so be certain that you are giving them the care they need! Issues with your shingles can be found with a simple inspection, and this is far preferable to the rain finding them first.
- Look for rooftop “puddles”: Commercial properties with flat roofs deal with pooling water more regularly, but if you have standing water that lingers for several days after the rain has passed, you may have issues with sagging or drainage. These are problems to address as quickly as possible, as they could indicate a larger problem with the overall structure.
- Clear dangling tree limbs: Tree branches can absorb a surprising amount of water during a storm, and the extra weight makes them much more susceptible to breakage when the wind kicks up. If they are above your home’s roof when this happens, it can cause significant damage.
The key to all of these is prevention – bringing in a team of professionals to examine the roof and make repairs as necessary can save you a world of trouble as the season kicks into gear. By reaching out in the early spring, you are allowing for plenty of time to complete any work that might be needed to get your roof in top shape!
…Bring May Flowers
The moisture and humidity that comes with rain is a perfect environment for things like moss, algae, and mold to flourish. In the case of algae, which is the likely cause of dark streaks appearing on your roof, it is most likely not a health hazard, but certainly poses a risk to the lifespan of your roof. The most common algae found on roofs is called gloeocapsa magma, and it feeds on some of the inorganic compounds found in composite shingles, causing them to deteriorate over time. Meanwhile, mold poses a much more serious and lasting threat, both to your roof and your family. Mold spores can cause a range of health problems, usually respiratory, in addition to possible structural damage. Though it is not possible to completely prevent the growth of algae, moss, or mold, you can control the spread and mitigate the damage when you bring in a skilled roofing contractor to inspect the area.
If you are ready to set your roof up for success this spring, give the team at Texas Star Roofing a call at (972) 200-9426 today!