The weather in the Twin Cities is always changing. Chilly brutal winter air is transformed into gentle springtime breezes. Summer heat and humidity are soon replaced with the colorful crisp nature of Autumn. The Twin Cities is an area full of excitement, yet still holding on to that Midwestern charm. When was the last time you enjoyed your city? Took in the sights and sounds, and explored a new area with every season that passes?
Perhaps that would be a great line item on your bucket list for the upcoming summer. But, in order to get to enjoy the city, we need to accomplish our chores. Our homes can take a beating during the rough winter months. More specifically, the roofs of our homes. What are some roof maintenance tips you should have on your list this spring to prepare the roof for summer?
Clean the Gutters
Harsh winter weather can create damage to the gutter system. The buildup of debris can cause the gutters to pull away from the roof, become weak at the fasteners and joints, and even break away from the building. Make sure to clean them out and have them prepared to expel the water from the summer thunderstorms. Fix any damages that have occurred and make sure they are strong and secure.
Here are some things to clean out of the gutters and keep them working at top performance:
- Excess shingle granule
Clean off the Roof
Cleaning a roof from mold, mildew, algae, and moss is key to keeping the shingles lasting for years. Moss, for example, can cause water blockage and buildup. The moss will retain water much like a sponge. This is horrible for your shingles! The excess moss and water can seep under the shingles, causing them to raise, buckle, bend, and break.
These damaging fungi will need to be removed and remedied as soon as they are noticed. Secondly, it is wise to learn how they came to be. Whatever may be causing the mold, mildew, algae, and moss must be eliminated or it will be a constant battle against nature.
Trim Back Limbs
The shade from trees is excellent and can be a wonderful reprieve during the heat of summer. However, if the limbs and branches extend over the home, a fierce storm and mighty winds can cause them to break and land on your home causing damage to the surface. If you have concerns about trimming back trees, be sure to speak with a professional tree trimmer. They understand safety procedures and how to carefully trim trees so as not to destroy or kill the tree.
Have an Inspection Done
This is a wise line item for your list of things to do. A roof inspection from a reputable company will be able to determine if there are areas of concern or weaknesses needing to be addressed. A roofer can determine if shingles need to be replaced, metal fasteners are beginning to rust, or any other issues which need attention. Have those areas corrected as soon as possible before the summer arrives to ensure protection for your home and family.
Clean and Declutter the Attic
We usually don’t think about how the interior of our home can impact the exterior. But, in this case, air flow in the attic can help the roof function better. If there is proper ventilation and insulation, then the monthly energy bills can be reduced. If there is a great deal of clutter from floor to ceiling, blocking the ventilation, and airflow, then the HVAC system may need to work harder to keep the roof cool. Plus, by decluttering, and donating items to a second-hand store, perhaps someone can get some use out of the things, rather than collecting dust in the attic.
Roof repairs can be minimized by taking a few simple steps and preparing your home and roof for summer, and the extra time can be used to enjoy our great city! Maybe support the Twins and catch a baseball game. Or take in the sights and creativity of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Trust the professionals at Kinmount Exteriors to assist with any questions or concerns you may have about your roof. We are here to help!