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Spring Roof Maintenance

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With spring arriving in the Pittsburgh area, it is important to ensure that your home’s exterior is in good repair! One of the areas that most often accumulates damage is your roof, as it functions as your home’s umbrella, helping to keep your home protected from inclement weather which exposes it to a great deal of damage itself. This makes it incredibly important to regularly inspect your roof for damage to ensure that it is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning how to maintain your home’s roof this spring, keep reading below for our tips & tricks.

Clean Your Gutters

First of all, you should always examine your home’s gutter system to ensure that it is working properly. Over the course of the winter, your gutter system will fill up with all of the dead leaves and sticks that were on your roof, which can easily gunk up the system and stop it from draining properly.

In order to keep your home protected, you will want to examine the gutter system and make sure that everything is draining. If your gutters are clogged, it can easily back-up into your roof deck, cause damage to your fascia & soffit boards, or even damage your foundation. Keep your home protected by cleaning your gutter system in the spring.

Examine Your Shingles

The next thing you should do is examine your roofing system as a whole to determine if there is any damage to the shingles themselves. Roof damage can present itself in a variety of ways, including through broken or cracked shingles, warping either in the shingles or the roof deck, or even something as simple as losing granules. Considering how complex your roofing system, it is no surprise that your shingles can fail in a variety of ways. You’ll need to check for every kind of shingle damage to ensure that your home’s roof is kept in good repair!

Check Your Flashing

Next, you should examine the flashing around any openings in your roof. The most important flashing you should examine is the flashing around your chimney. It can often rust, particularly during the winter when snow is sitting on your roof, and if your flashing rusts, water can seep in around your chimney and cause a great deal of damage to your roof deck.

Contact Us Today

Interested in replacing your home’s roof this spring? Our team at Doing It Right Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to us by giving us a call at (724) 351-0499 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Why is Gutter Cleaning so Important?

A clean gutter system is something you may not often think about, but it’s something that needs to be on the top of your mind. Gutters are essential components of your home that ensure that rainwater flows from your roof to the ground without getting into your home. Here are some reasons why clean gutters are so important:

They Prevent Water Damage

When a gutter becomes filled with debris and can’t function properly, rainwater backs up and can cause damage to your home by flowing over the gutter sections. Once a gutter floods, the water can get underneath the roof or trickle down the side of the house to the lower levels. This could cause rotting of the roof or siding. A clean gutter ensures easy water run-off and helps water damage.

They Are a Perfect Home for Pests

A clogged gutter is often filled with sticks, leaves, and other debris from nearby trees. This kind of environment is attractive to certain insects and rodents who often take up residence in the mucky build-up. Keeping the gutters clear of these materials will discourage critters from moving in.

Bracket Damage

Clogged gutters are heavy. Over time, the weight of your gutters may cause stress to the brackets holding it in place. This could lead to damage and could cause your brackets to fail.

Protect Your Foundation

If your gutters end up flooding, water could seep into the ground along the side of your home. Once this water freezes, it could expand and create cracks in the foundation.

To keep your gutters clean, follow these useful tips:

  • Clean them at least twice yearly. If your house has lots of surrounding trees, you may want to clean more frequently to prevent clogging.
  • Consider hiring a professional. While many people choose to clean their gutters themselves in order to save money, a professional will do a thorough job that could save you money in the long-run. They can locate a problem and address it before it becomes more complicated. Moreover, by hiring a professional, you can avoid the risk of incurring ladder-related injuries.
  • Consider installing a gutter guard. Gutter guards will reduce the frequency of your cleanings by preventing debris from entering the gutter. You will still find some debris in your gutter but the amount will be much less than without a gutter guard. You may only need to clean your gutters every one to three years.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to the experts at Doing It Right Roofing Siding Remodeling LLC.