Spring has finally come, and with it spring works and maintenance. Having a house means taking care of every aspect of it. Next time you go outside, have a thorough look at your roof. The following tips will make sure you don't miss anything.

1. Inspect the gutters

The gutter system is very important for your roof as it removes the water from it. That way, gutters prevent damages to the house's structure and moisture and mold buildup. If you don't check the gutters regularly, you will consequently shorten the lifespan of your roof. So, you should check them at least twice a year, spring being the best time to do it.

First of all, remove any debris, whether by hand or by using a garden trowel. When you remove it, use a power wash to get rid of the remaining dirt.

Secondly, if you have tall trees near your house, it means you need to inspect the gutters more often in case there are twigs and leaves in them.

Thirdly, taking care of the gutters also mean regular trimming large branches and tree overhangs. A hand trimmer can be enough for removing the branches that are too close to the roof.

Lastly, thoroughly inspect the gutters for signs of rust or loose parts.

2. Checking soffit and fascia

Both soffits and fascia are important elements of the roof, so don't forget to check them. Soffits are placed along the underside of the roof, usually in the form of wood or metal panels. Wood or metal boards along the roofline represent fascia. Check carefully if any of them show signs of damage or if there are any holes or soft spots. Depending on the level of damage, you may need to repair them or replace them completely.

3. Shingle integrity

Take a good look at the roof's surface. Check for missing shingles, discoloration or even grain loss. Grain serves as a protection from the weather elements, so if there are signs of damage (shingles are smooth), replace them.

Also, check if smaller elements like bolts and hinges are in good shape. If you notice any damage or rust, then consider replacing them, too. Companies like Interline roofing accent the importance of quality roof parts for the overall durability and safety of the roof.

So, if you decide a shingle needs to be replaced, it's important to carefully remove the old one, together with nails and other tiny elements.

4. Flashing repairs

Flashing is the metal strips that prevent water from reaching under shingles. In time, the wind, snow and rain can loosen and damage the flashing, which could result in water or mold appearing inside your home.

Flashing around the chimney is especially important to inspect, as well as around the skylights and valley areas. By using small roof fasteners, you could fasten the loose flashing and use roof cement to seal the tack holes.

Finally, while you're at checking the flashing, you should also check for the signs of weakened or cracked caulk. If there's any, scrap it off, clean the area and seal it with new caulk.

5. Inspect for water or ice damage

Inspect your home from the inside - are there any signs of a leak inside your home? Next, move on to the roof to look for potential leaks. As the snow melts down in the winter or as ice dams bring destruction to the roof, it could all lead to damages to your insulation, the ceiling and other elements and areas of your home. If you don't react on time, the leaks could cause your roof to rot and seriously damage the insulation.

Final comment

Spring works on your home and inside it are very important, as winter could have easily led to certain damages and piling up of debris. That's why the roof should be on your priority list when it comes to inspection and maintenance. Use the next warm day to get outside and properly inspect your roof and prevent serious damages.

Author's Bio: 

Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.