When spring arrives in New Jersey and gives way to summer, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the state of your roof. All Weather Roofing has compiled this simple springtime roofing checklist that you can use to make a decision about your roof and its performance in the coming year. In most cases, the winter season may have caused some degree of damage to your roof, including damage from rain, snow, ice, strong winds, and frigid temperatures. Now that the temperatures are rising, use this time to objectively assess the state of your home’s roof structure.
Spring Roofing Maintenance Checklist
All Weather Roofing
Safety Should Always Come First
First things first when it comes to anything involving your roof — make safety a priority. Never climb up onto your roof in a way that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. If you do venture onto your roof, don’t do it alone. It’s always a good idea to have a spotter present with you to ensure your safety.
When climbing onto your roof structure, only ever use strong, sturdy ladders, work gloves, non-slip shoes, a safety harness if necessary, and other personal protective equipment. If there has been any recent precipitation, it’s possible that your roof is extremely slippery, so avoid traversing your roof after any sort of rainy or snowy weather. If you ever feel unsafe, leave it to the professionals who are properly trained and have all of the necessary gear and equipment to handle such environments, especially when you have a large, multi-tiered roof.
Remove Debris From Winter Storms
Once you’ve accounted for all of the necessary safety precautions, do your best to remove as much debris from your roof as possible. Winter storms most likely left behind a trail of debris, dust, sticks, twigs, and leaves. Removing all of these things will help you to get a clearer view of the overall state of your roof and assist in making accurate assessments of its integrity. Be sure you perform these types of debris-clearing activities when your roof is nice and dry. Brush away leaves and branches, including debris that may have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts, as well as around your soffit and fascia. During this process, make note of any mold or moss that has built up, as it could be an indication of a moisture problem in your roof structure.
Assess and Document All Observable Roof Damage
Once you’re satisfied with the amount of debris removed from your roof and the whole structure is clearly visible, check everywhere for obvious signs of damage. This can include missing or bald shingles, cracked shingles, or rust that has developed on any parts of your roof’s flashings. After this broad once-over, look again for less obvious signs of damage, like stains or discoloration on your shingles, popped up or missing nails, and loose flashing material.
Once you’ve gotten a handle on any problems with your roof, assess your gutters, downspouts, your chimney (if you have one), and any other areas of your roof structure that may have taken damage over the winter. Note any and all gaps, damaged or cracked seals, wood rot, and cracked or peeling paint. Some of these issues may be cosmetic, or they may be indicators of bigger problems that your roofer can diagnose.
Determine Your Spring Roof Strategy
Based on the extent of the damage your roof has taken during the winter months, you have a decision to make. Minor repairs can often be handled by a handy homeowner. More complex issues, however, may require the assistance of a local professional roofing team like All Weather Roofing! We can inspect your roof and determine the severity of the damage, and formulate a plan for either repairs or, in some cases, recommended a roof replacement.
Sometimes repairs are only a temporary fix, and a roof replacement will actually make a lot more sense. Based on the number and severity of repairs needed, it may actually save you a lot of money to replace your roof with a better product, rather than waste money on repair after repair. Severe damage to your roof includes roofs that have allowed leaks into your attic, wood rot, misshapen roofs, massive shingle loss, and soft spots. These are all indicators that it’s time to consider a whole roof replacement.
Installing a New Roof
If the extent of the damage to your roof merits a replacement, All Weather Roofing is here for you. Our local roofing team specializes in roofs that stand up to the worst that nature can throw at it, from extreme winds to heavy snow. As a small local business, we have the bandwidth and commitment to customer service to quickly assess your roof and get the job done in a timely manner.
Trust All Weather Roofing With Your Springtime Services
Call All Weather Roofing in Farmingdale today or fill out our simple contact form to schedule a completely free roof assessment. We’ll help you determine the right course of action, whether that includes repairs to shingles, soffits, fascia boards, or gutters, or we may recommend a total roof replacement. Our roofs come with an exclusive “No-Leak Guarantee” and are praised in the local community as the best roofs on the market. Trust All Weather Roofing with your roof replacement in New Jersey! We look forward to working for you and providing your home with a strong, reliable roof that will last for years to come.