With the arrival of spring many homeowners will begin spending more time outside, preparing their home for the summer. After a long winter, your roof may have been exposed to ice, snow, rain and winter winds. After the winter season it comes as no surprise that your roof may need some repairs. Nickerson Roofing would like to share some of the common roofing repairs we do in spring.
Gutter Repair Services
The gutter system on a roof ensures that all of the rain or melting snow and ice safely flow off your roof and away from your home. Often during the winter season, homeowners stayed out of the cold which mean the gutters may not have been cleaned for a few months. Leaves, dirt or mud can clog the gutters which can cause the gutters to leak, separate, and sag. If the gutters are not repaired, you can expect more serious roofing damage to occur. It is very common for gutters to require repairs and some more serious than others. This is why gutter repair is a common service during the spring season.
Animal Roof Damage Repair
Many animals such as roof rats, squirrels, raccoons and birds will climb on roof tops to either nest on the roof or seek for ways to get inside the attic. Rats, raccoons, and squirrels will chew holes and displace tile or shingles as they attempt to seek shelter from the winter cold. Come spring the homeowner may discover the wild life has caused a number of damages to their roof and not just on the outside but on the inside as well.
Leaking Roof & Water Damage
There are some areas of California that can get some deep winter snow. The snow blankets the roof and can hide the damages from view. The snow on the roof will thaw and as it melts, the water can cause leaks to develop on the roof. Most roof leaks are discovered far too late. It becomes obvious after the snow begins to melt more rapidly. One of the important steps in roof inspection is looking for leaks. If water gets inside the roof, mold and wood decay can occur on the roof’s framing. Due to the weight of the roof the internal framing can collapse. Roof collapse is very dangerous and can be quite costly to repair and/or replace the roof. Not all roof leaks will appear as yellow stains on the ceilings. Sometimes there may be only a musty odor in the attic space or you might see the presence of mold.
Replacement of Missing Asphalt Shingles
Shingles can often disappear. Winter winds, rain, and snow can cause the shingle to fall off. It comes as no surprise that shingle replacement is often needed come the spring season. Shingles often need to be replaced throughout the year to ensure the health of the roof, especially after winter. For those with asphalt shingle roofs, make sure to inspect your shingles after the snow melts or after strong winds. Check for any loose or missing shingles and repair as needed.