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THE RIDGEWORTH BLOG
Ready Your Roof for Spring
March 2017 #2
March 20 was the official first day of spring, but there were days this winter when it felt like spring had already arrived. Not to be outdone, though, winter continued to remind us that it wasn’t going anywhere for a while. This seasonal confusion can take its toll on all of us. Beyond the inconvenience and uncertainty they might bring to daily life, extreme temperature changes can impact your roof as well. Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time to check things out.
An annual inspection and preventative maintenance are just as important this year as they would be following a particularly harsh winter. The best thing you can do before April showers arrive—along with hail, high winds, and thunderstorms—is to address existing damage and prepare your roof for the months to come.
1. Look around inside your building for any signs of water damage. There are many conditions that can cause a leak, but if you do see something, call your professional roofing contractor in case the problem is on the roof.
2. If it’s safe to do so, walk around on your roof. Look for general wear and tear as well as damage caused by ice, freeze/thaw cycles, and ice damming. Notice any cracks or tears, broken or clogged downspouts, or damage to gutters, scuppers, scupper boxes, perimeter metal flashings, or lead-edge metal. If something doesn’t look right, take note. Clear any debris, especially leaves, branches and trash that can clog gutters and downspouts, especially in advance of heavy spring rains.
3. Call your professional roofing contractor for an inspection and preventative maintenance. A qualified expert will be able to identify issues that might not be immediately apparent to you. They can make the needed repairs or replacements and can also look for damage to your building’s mechanicals so you can follow up with your mechanical contractor as necessary.
Your roof worked hard throughout the winter and its changing weather conditions. If you take good care of it, it will continue to provide effective shelter and protection through the spring, summer, and beyond. Call your professional roofing contractor today and help prepare your roof to take on all sorts of weather, whatever season the calendar might say we’re in.
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"Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time to check things out. "