Springtime Tips To Keep Your Roof In Top Shape!
After a full year of dealing with the pandemic, plus an unusually long and cold winter – we are all itching to get out and enjoy this warm weather and the beginning of (finally) springtime!
While many of you are firing up the lawn equipment or buying plants and flowers, we do want to stress that you do need to pay your roof a little bit of attention. After a long winter of rain, leaves, and recently even some crazy storms, you absolutely should take a few hours one day to carefully examine your roof and take care of the following items, so your home can be protected for the rest of the year and beyond!
1. Clean out your gutters
Leaves, sticks and other debris can be clogging up eavestroughs and downspouts, which are specifically put in place to safely run water off your roof and away from your house. Make sure you check all gutters, and safely clean them out if they have debris built up. Just a one-time clearing out of winter gunk and your gutters should be fully prepared for spring showers.
2. Check Your Shingles
Even if you don't think you were affected by storms, extreme changes in temperatures and the overall age of a roof can still cause issues to come up that can be easily repaired if caught soon enough. Check for missing, damaged or curled up shingles, and if you see any nails protruding from the roof, nail those guys back down! You may even want to place a drop of high quality outdoor silicon sealant around the nail before hammering back down (just in case).
3. Check Your Flashing
Your roof’s flashing is installed around areas like chimneys, exterior ventilation pipes and valleys. Flashing provides the extra protection needed to prevent leaks – however due to improper application, age or extreme weather damage – flashing can also be the number one culprit when it comes to compromised roofs. If you don't feel comfortable checking the flashing on your roof, contact Clyde Nettles and we’ll let you know how your roof and all of its components are holding up.
4. Take a Look Inside Your Attic
Before these extreme South Carolina summer temperatures make this task unbearable, take a look inside your attic. Get a good flashlight/spotlight and look for moisture stains, mold, mildew or water stains. The first area water permeates in inside your attic, and as the leak gets worse with time it will eventually get down to your ceiling!
5. Take Care of Any Questionable or Approachable Limbs/Plants
You know that tree that you’ve been questioning that has a huge limb right over your roof? Yep, probably time to ahead and have a tree removal company go ahead and trim that limb off before a strong summer storm has the opportunity to make it come down – potentially on your roof. If the limb is large enough, it could not only cause damage to your house but also extreme harm to the people and pets inside.
If you want continue to protect your most valuable investment (your home), then treat it like you would an automobile with regularly scheduled maintenance checks every spring. If for any reason you are unable to do this, contact Clyde Nettles and we’ll send someone out to check it for you. Remember: Our sales staff does not work on commission – meaning we will never sell you a roof you don't need.
We've established our 71+ year reputation as South Carolina's most trusted roofing company by focusing on building long-term client relationships for years and years to come. Contact us today for any and all of your roofing needs!