Springtime D.I.Y. Maintenance

It’s almost springtime!  That means it’s also time for your post-winter roof inspection, and all you need to begin your D.I.Y. maintenance is a short walk around your house. Grab a pair of binoculars, a ladder and a trash bag and you’ll be ready to go!

 

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D.I.Y. Maintenance

 

Step #1: Take a Walk.

Winter can be especially hard on your roof. When you start your walking inspection around the house, first check for any debris that has accumulated on the rooftop. If your home’s roof has a steep gradient, you’ll usually find most of the debris in the gutters (which will need to be emptied later). Next, use those binoculars you grabbed earlier to spot at any dents in the shingles.

 

Step #2: Do a Little Spring (Roof) Cleaning.

Assuming there isn’t any snow or ice left up there, make sure you clean off any major debris gathered on the rooftop. You’ll probably want a trash bag for when you clean out the gutter as well. While you’re up there, take a moment to closer examine any dents you noticed on your walk around the house. If any shingles are severely dented or broken altogether, you’ll need to have them replaced quickly. Broken or dented shingles can allow cold water and ice to seep into your insulation and damage it.

 

Step #3: Check Your Insulation.

Even if you didn’t find a single dent in your roof, make sure to make a brief inspection of your insulation. You’ll want it in tip-top condition before the summer starts. Well-maintained insulation is critical for keeping your house air conditioned, as an HVAC system will have to work extra hard to replace escaping cool air. Who wants to pay more than necessary on an energy bill?

 

Summer and wintertime can be especially rough on your roof, but a little maintenance can help you spot small problems before any expensive repairs are needed. For a free inspection on your roof and siding, call one of our specialists at (573) 789-8367. They’ll be happy to discuss all your maintenance needs in Lake Ozark, MO.