Spring cleaning comes around every year right about now. It feels good to tidy up your outdoor space, wipe down baseboards, dust those bookshelves and clean out your closet. Often times your roof is not included in your list, but you need to give some attention to your roof too.

A wet Oregon winter can leave your roof with moss growth, leaks and maybe some damaged shingles. Catching the problems right away is best to keep repairs to a minimum. That’s why it’s a smart idea to go through a spring cleaning checklist and assess the state of your home’s roof.

Here are a few tips on where to start with cleaning your roof.

Clean Out Your Gutters

You may have cleaned out your gutters in the fall, but chances are they’re full of leaves and debris again after the long winter. Either hire a professional or carefully climb a ladder and make sure all pathways are clear, so water can flow uninhibited. A backup in your gutters during the rainy spring can have serious implications for your home. While you’re cleaning, check for any damages to your gutters. A functional gutter system is critical to a protective roof. If you see damages, contact a  professional to make repairs.

Trim Nearby Branches

Trees and branches growing close to your roof can cause big problems. A hanging tree branch is an accident waiting to happen. It’s best to hire a professional arborist to safely cut back vegetation so it does not threaten your roof, or you can do it yourself if you have the proper equipment.This will reduce leaves and debris on your roof.

Examine Your Roof for Loose Shingles

To do this you don’t have to get up on your roof. climb a ladder to get up to eye level with your roof and inspect it that way. Look for any gaps in the shingling, or for shingles that seem to be loose and ready to fly off during the next high wind. You also should look for signs that your flashing is buckling or tearing away from the roof. Call a professional to make the repairs if needed, as it’s easier to put a stop to any damage right away rather than let the problem get worse.

Look at the Inside of Your Attic and Home

Check for any signs of water damage or mold inside your attic or on the ceiling in your home. If you see any staining or smell mildew, it’s wise to call a professional roofer so they can pinpoint the exact cause of the damage and make the repair quickly, before it has a chance to get worse.

If you notice any damages or you think it is time for a new roof, give us a call and we can help you get a new roof. Renaissance Roofing to the rescue!