Is Your Roof Ready For Rain?

by Connor Pena

The light showers and severe storms that happen in spring and summer can make big problems for your roof, if it's not properly prepared. Now that spring is here, it's time to get your roof ready for the rain and wind that often comes with the warmer, wet seasons.

Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

Your home's gutters play an important role in your property's water drainage system. Without clean gutters, your roof and walls could be vulnerable to water damage. This could potentially weaken the structural integrity of the roof. Start by cleaning out your gutters. Do this during a time of dry weather, so the gutters won't be full of water when you're trying to clean them.

You'll need a bucket, a ladder and a spade. Stand on the ladder over the gutters and use the spade to dig out the debris. Put the debris in the bucket and continue down the gutters until they're all clean. Wear work gloves during this process, because gutters can contain pests, sharp sticks and other dangers.

Next, spray inside of the gutters with a gentle stream of water. If the water backs up at the downspout, use a plumber's auger to clear the downspout. Even after the gutters have been cleaned, it's still important to observe the gutters in action during a rain storm. The next time it rains, watch your gutters for leaks and overflowing water. If the gutters show signs of problems, have them inspected by a gutter repair professional.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspect the exterior of your roof for missing or curling shingles, and look at the outlet at the bottom of your downspouts for shingle granules. All of these problems are signs that your shingles are getting old. Next, go into your attic and look for water damage. Dark stains, mold and mildew are all signs that your roof has a leak and needs to be repaired. If you see any of these issues, talk to a roofing contractor right away.

As you're inspecting your roof, take into consideration its age. Some roofing materials will last longer than others. For example, asphalt shingles will last for approximately 20 years, while a metal roof can last for 50 years or longer. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, then you may need to talk to a contractor with roof replacement experience in your area.

Spring showers and thunderstorms can happen at any time, so if you determine that you need to talk to a roofing contractor, start contacting companies right away. Roofers can get busy at this time of year, so don't delay.

Talk to a professional who specializes in roof replacement in your area to learn more.