Removing debris from your roof is critical for optimum roof health.

It is that time of the year again- warmer weather is here, the days grow longer, the wildlife resumes their usual activities, and when we decide to do our annual spring cleaning. Most homeowners usually stick to cleaning the inside of the house, but it is important to keep in mind that your roof needs some TLC. Do not worry, we have the perfect spring-cleaning checklist to get your house ready for spring. 

Clean Your Gutters 

It is the one task most of us dread when talking about spring cleaning, gutter cleaning. Cleaning your gutters is a major key to keeping your home in tip-top condition. Letting leaves and other debris accumulate could potentially lead to internal and external water damage. Not only that, leaving things like twigs and leaves can be a cozy invitation for rodents to make new homes.  

Luckily, this cleaning process is not too hard to do on your own. All you will need is a ladder, and a pair of gloves. You should begin removing debris in your gutters until water can travel freely through. 

Cleaning Your Roof 

If you spot black streaks on your roof, it could sometimes be the case of mold or sometimes algae and moss. But do not fret – a few tools can help you address it. With a safe ladder, a long brush, a spray bottle containing equal parts water and chlorine bleach (or a roof shingle cleaner), and a garden hose, you can tackle the issue. Begin by spraying the mold-affected areas with the bleach-water mixture, allowing it to set for an hour. When cleaning asphalt shingles, you will want to carefully scrub the mold downwards using the long brush, ensuring to go from top to bottom due to the shingle layout. Scrubbing upwards could damage your roof. Rinse off the mixture and any debris with the hose. Remember to wear proper protection, as roof cleaning chemicals can be harsh on the skin and eyes. 

Now, you might think using power washer for an easier solution is a good idea. And while it sounds tempting, it is not advisable for asphalt shingle roofs. Power washing can strip protective coatings and loosen granules, reducing shingle longevity and risking leaks. You may want to opt for gentler cleaning methods to maintain roofing materials' integrity. If spring cleaning your roof proves challenging, do not hesitate to reach out to your local roofing company for assistance. 

Trim Your Trees 

As the temperatures get warmer, you will start to notice the glorious trees around your home begin to grow their leaves again. This beautiful sight can enhance the way your homes curb appeal, but at the same time it can cause you problems if not properly maintained. Primarily, as these trees shed leaves, there is an increased risk of accumulation in your gutters and on your roof. Not only could this cause blockage in your gutters, but it can also be the main suspect of mold on your roof. 

Have you ever cleaned your front yard of leaves and you realize that the top of the leaves is dry, yet the bottom of the pile is sopping wet? Now, this does not hurt the ground, but now imagine that pile of leaves on your roof. A quick fix to this problem could be to use a leaf blower to get rid of them. 

Furthermore, during severe storms, fragile tree limbs have the potential to break and fall, posing a threat to your house's structure and raising safety concerns for you and your family. Looking for more info on protecting your home from trees and leaves, look no further! 

Check Your Attic 

After enduring a cold and lengthy winter, now that temperatures have risen slightly, it is an opportune moment to inspect your attic. Most typical roof leaks manifest in the attic, making it a crucial area to assess for potential issues. Beyond mere water intrusion, there is a risk of mold growth in this space, presenting potential hazards. A thorough examination is imperative, as what may initially seem like a minor leak in the attic could, upon closer inspection, reveal more significant issues that have penetrated the interior of your home. Taking proactive steps to address these issues now can prevent further damage and ensure a healthier living environment. 

Happy Spring Cleaning 

As we embrace the rejuvenating spirit of spring, let us not overlook a crucial aspect of home care – our roofs! Beyond the usual indoor spring cleaning. From clearing gutters to addressing roof moss, algae, and mold, pruning trees, inspecting your attic, these efforts contribute to your home's overall well-being. For any concerns or a second opinion, reach out to us at Kearns Brothers roofing for a free estimate. Let us ensure your home is not just ready for spring but thriving in great condition! Happy cleaning!