For most homeowners, the spring season is synonymous with general cleaning. While many interpret this as an opportunity to throw out unused and unimportant items, and rearrange the furniture, there are also those who consider this season as the time for roof upkeep.
While Florida enjoys the country’s mildest winters, with no ice to scrape off the car’s windshield or snow to shovel off the roof and on the driveway, the beginning of springtime is still as good a time as any to inspect your roof. However, roofers advise care as many homeowners typically make these mistakes when performing roof maintenance:
Using a Power Washer
A power washer is a great piece of equipment as it can make light work of hard-to-remove stains and dirt. However, while it’s generally safe to use one on your siding, it’s not advisable to power-wash your shingles. The pressure of the water can damage portions of your roof, especially if it’s old. To clean your roof, simply remove the debris (leaves, branches, etc.) with a garden hose using a low- or medium-pressure setting.
Walking on the Roof
Even professional roofers avoid walking all over a roof if they can help it. Roofs are not designed to carry human weight. Your boots can also scrape off shingle granules that protect your roof from ultraviolet (UV) damage. And, if your roof is very old, you risk causing major damage, even a cave-in. Climbing onto your roof is dangerous not just for your roof, but for you as well. To inspect your roof, stay on the ground, and use binoculars. For getting up on the roof, it’s best to call a professional.
Ignoring Overhanging Trees
Trees that extend over your roof add to the debris (leaves, branches, animal droppings, etc.). If the branches are too close, they can scratch your roof whenever the wind blows. Overhanging trees are also a huge cause for concern during windy and stormy days. The shade that trees provide can also cause moss and mold to grow.
Not Cleaning the Gutters
Most of the debris that ends up on your roof eventually finds its way into the gutters. This is how gutters and downspouts get clogged. Hire a professional gutter cleaner to remove the muck from your gutters. It’s also a good idea to install a gutter protection system so you can be sure that only water enters your gutters.