Denver Roofing: Article About Roof Maintenance By Season
Most Denver roofing professionals recommend performing roof inspection and maintenance twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. However, to really extend the life span and value of a roof, homeowners should consider a more continuous, seasonal approach to inspection and maintenance.
In the wintertime, the main concerns are excessive snow buildup and ice dam formation on a roof. If the weight of snow accumulation exceeds the load bearing capability of the roof, there is a danger of roof collapse. While roof collapse is a worst case scenario, structural damage to a building is a real possibility. If it is at all possible, a roof rake is preferable for removing accumulated snow. If that can't be done, it's wise to call in a roofing contractor to get up onto the roof to remove the snow. Snow removal can also help to prevent the formation of ice dams.
In the spring, homeowners should check their homes for signs of leaks or other damage that may have resulted from a harsh winter. Expansion and contraction of roofing materials due to freezing and thawing can cause damage to shingles and other roofing materials.
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This is also the time of year when homeowners should survey the property to look for signs of roof pests like raccoons and squirrels. These animals may try to gain entry to a house in search of food. Make sure all roof vents have screens to prevent these pests' easy access into the house.
In the summer, the main order of business is to clear up the debris from the spring. There may be bird nests in the gutters that can clog drains and cause leaks. If possible, hose off the roof periodically to clean off any debris and bird droppings. It's important that asphalt shingles not be subject to a pressure washer because the force of the water can lift shingles out of place. This is also a good time to trim any overgrowing shrubs or trees that might be encroaching onto the roof.
In the fall, the obvious chore is keeping leaves out of the gutters and off the roof. If a home is situated near deciduous trees, this can lead to a heavy leaf pile up. If piles of leaves are allowed to sit on the roof, they will collect moisture that can eventually lead to damage of roofing materials and leaks.
By keeping up with continual roof maintenance, homeowners can maximize the value of their roof. If any problems are discovered, it's a good idea to contact a roofing professional for an assessment.