Seasonal changes are not always easy on building components of your home. Temperature variations can cause freeze and thaw cycles that put stress on the materials that make up your home, and melting precipitation can put stress on home components like your roof that are meant to keep moisture out.
In particular, your roof and gutter system are especially susceptible to stress from seasonal changes. The following are five things you can do as spring approaches to keep your roof and gutters in good shape and protect the interior of your home from moisture damage:
Carefully inspect your gutters
If you live in an area with heavy snowfall and winter precipitation, your gutters undergo a lot of stress during the winter months. Your gutters might be buried under snow throughout most of the winter so that you don't really get a chance to inspect them until the spring thaw.
One of the most important things to look out for when the snow melts and starts to flow through your gutters is blockages that could stop water flow. Any blockages in your gutters could increase the risk of roof leaks, so it's important to clean out clogs as part of your early spring maintenance tasks.
Consider having gutter guards installed
You can minimize the amount of work you'll have to put in to maintaining gutters over the summer by having gutter guards installed. Gutter guards will keep vegetation out of your gutters and help you to avoid clogs all year round.
Inspect your ceiling for any water marks
If you've had heavy snowfall in the late winter, you should inspect your ceiling for any leaks. Be especially careful to check in your attic where you might not normally notice water marks.
Once you've spotted a water mark on your ceiling, you know that you're probably having a roof issue that needs to be looked into. Carefully inspect the roofing up above to find out what the problem is.
Inspect your roof and look out for any decay
Over time, even the most well made roof will begin to deteriorate. Winter precipitation is especially hard on wood roofs. However, shingle roofs constructed from slate or asphalt can also develop algae growth problems caused by moisture exposure.
Algal growth can be cleared off your roof with a good power washing. If you have extensive decay on your roof, it may be time to have a new roof installed.
Repair any spots on your roof or gutters that have been damaged by rust
Metal components of your roof system—especially gutters—are prone to rust development. You can remedy rust issues on your roof by scrubbing away rust spots and covering them with roofing cement.