Spring Roofing Issues That Must Be Fixed

2 May 2016
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Along with warmer weather, springtime months also bring about heavy rain showers. While the flowers welcome spring with open arms, this time of the year can pose a serious issue for your roof and overall home structure, if you have leaks.  Weakened roofing areas and gaps, can trigger leaks which may lead to flooding and interior home damage. Addressing roofing issues starts with identifying and fixing them as soon as possible. Spring is the perfect time to get up on your roof and take a look around. Here are a few problems to look for.

Inadequate Drainage

When rain begins to build up on areas of your roof, water pooling can lead to pressure damage on the underlayment, leading to roof rot. The cause could be from a dip in the roof itself due to deteriorating shingles, or gutters that are overfilled with organic debris. Remedy the issue by:

  • Making sure that all gutters and downspouts flow easily
  • Checking that the gutters are not loose and are properly attached to the home
  • Ensuring that there are no flat areas on the roof

You may have to hire roofers to replace worn out gutters or have flat roof areas rebuilt to allow for better water flow. Tackling the issue in the spring can help avoid catastrophic roof damage during a period of heavy rain later in the season.

Missing Shingles

Strong late winter and early spring storms can wreak havoc on your home's roof and siding. Winds can also loosen shingles and rip them away from the roof. Getting up on your roof will give you a bird's-eye view to locate any missing shingles. Replacing them and filling in any tiny gaps with roof wrap or spray foam insulation will help prevent water damage and leaks. You may have to consider replacing a worn out roof. Call a roofing pro if the damage is significant.

Existing Leaks

You may not even know that you have a small leak in your home until the damage is already done. Check your attic area each spring for mold growth and water damage spots. The next step will be getting to the root of leak. Look on your roof for any dips or holes that could allow water to seep into the attic. Fix this issue first and then replace rotting wood and water-saturated insulation to restore to a dry environment.

Moss And Mold Growth

If you live in a wooded area or have a few large, shade trees close to your home, your roof may be susceptible to moss and mold growth. Patches of green moss can occur in areas where there is a lack of sunlight. This can also contribute to mold growth. Treating these areas by using a mild soap and water along with a scrub brush should do the trick. If the problem is significant, you may have to call in a roofing contractor to professionally power wash and attack the mold with a chemical solution.

Taking care of your roof now, in the spring, will save the hassle of expensive repairs in the future. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Gulfside Roofing Inc