When winter shifts to spring, the people of the Colorado Front Range tend to welcome this change. We switch out our ski racks for bike racks, prepare for later sunsets and warmer mornings, and get in gear for wildflower season.
While we might transition smoothly to spring, we can’t say the same thing about our roofs. In fact, springtime represents the wettest months on record for Colorado. February might dump some heavy snow storms, but it’s the driest month with only 0.49 average inches of precipitation. May, on the other hand, is the wettest month with 2.32 inches on average.
Roof Checklist For Spring
Water is the enemy of roofs, so preventative roof maintenance between winter and spring is imperative. To see if your roof is ready for spring, follow this checklist from our roofing contractors, Front Range Contracting Inc.
If you’d rather leave roof maintenance to the experts, just give us a call today in Denver and along the Front Range!
Perform A Perimeter Check
Your roof health starts, paradoxically, on the ground. Before thinking about the roof, you should perform a perimeter check to get a pulse check on your roof’s functionality.
Pay close attention to your gutters and downspouts. If there are water stains near any of these fixtures, it’s a sign that your roof’s gutter and drainage system isn’t doing its job. Left unmitigated, these water stains can spell serious water damage along the road.
In addition to water spots, there are a few other tell-tale signs that your roof’s drainage system needs some TLC. Check your shingles and look for the following signs:
If you see signs of water damage, it behooves you to work with a professional roofing contractor to get your gutters cleaned and your damage assessed.
Check Your Flashing
Flashing is the sealant that keeps your roof water-tight. Flashing exists around any fixture of your roof, including the chimney, skylight, and plumbing vents. If this seal is compromised, you’re opening your home and roof up to water damage.
While most flashing damage is visible immediately (look for cracks and gaps), some of it exists under the surface. If you’re not well-versed in flashing and sealant, it’s generally recommended to hire a professional roofing contractor.
Clean Out Debris
This tip is a fixture for every season, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s so important. Winter is one of the worst months for debris pile up because dead branches and leaves collect in the gutters. Before spring has sprung, make sure to remove all debris from your gutters and downspouts.
Attend To The Attic
Your attic can be a helpful litmus test for the general health of your roof. If you see water damage in your attic, there’s almost certainly a leakage issue coming from your roof. In addition to checking wood for signs of water damage (black lines, stains, or visible mold), you should also inspect your insulation.
Insulation can harbor mildew and therefore weaken the structural integrity of your home.
Review Your Insurance Policy
There’s no better time than spring cleaning to review your homeowner’s insurance policy. Check to see exactly what is and is not covered when it comes to roofing. You might think of a roof replacement as too big of an expense, only to see that the full replacement would actually be covered by insurance.
In Colorado, especially, pay attention to your hail and windstorm policy. If you don’t have comprehensive coverage for these frequent occurrences, it’s worth seeing what this type of policy might cost.
Schedule A Free Inspection
Roof inspections aren’t just for when you’re under contract on a new home. There’s no better time for a professional roof inspection than the transition between winter and spring. In roofing, it’s far better to mitigate now than to spend much more on costly expenses down the road.
At Front Range Contracting, Inc., our team offers a range of roofing services, including:
- Free inspections
- Gutter cleaning and repair
- Siding installation and repair
- Roof replacement
- Roof maintenance
To work with the Broncos Business Pick in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and along the Front Range, contact our team today at Front Range Contracting, Inc.!