Preparing Your Roof and Gutter for the Spring

Warmer weather is well on its way, which means it’s time to get both your roof and gutters prepared for the spring sun (and showers!). As a leading provider of commercial roofing in Philadelphia, C.R. Thompson understands that months of intermittent snow and ice can damage even the sturdiest roof, which means inspection and possibly a few repairs may be in order as the season changes.

Remove Any Foreign Objects

Remove any debris that you may find. Large sticks or branches, leaves, pine needles, and other plant matter clog gutters and ventilation stacks, possibly resulting in water damage as well as excess moisture buildup in your attic. If you find moss on your roof, contact a professional to remove it safely and effectively.

Inspect Roof for Damage

Make a note of missing or damaged shingles or tiles. Shingles that are buckling or appear smooth need to be replaced. Torn or missing flashing (material that covers the chimney where it passes through your roof) needs immediate attention. If not tended to, rainwater can get into places that it should not be able to reach! Caulking and weatherstrips prevent moisture from creeping under your roofing materials and ending up in your home. Replace rotten or loose caulking with a fresh application of weather-proof, silicone caulk.

Check Attic for Holes

From inside your crawlspace or attic, check for signs of water damage or daylight intrusion. If you come across damp beams, dripping water, or standing water, chances are there’s a leak that needs fixing. Since water flows downhill, remember to check along your roof’s peak when on the lookout for leaks. Watch out for and get rid of mold patches inside the home, as any excess moisture buildup likely causes them.

Address Any Other Damage

Ice and snow can take a real toll on some gutters and pull anchors loose, so ensure all downspouts and gutters are firmly attached. For every issue, turn to the professionals that will fix it correctly the first time, identify other problems you might not have been aware of, and even offer emergency roof repair near Philadelphia; contact C.R. Thompson Roofing today! 


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