After warm temperatures finally get to Seminole County and before you start wanting to head to the beach all the time to avoid hot summer temperatures, you need to check your home’s roof for damage from the winter and get it prepared for any upcoming storms.
Take a careful look at the roof to make sure that no tree limbs are dragging across it. Even if they can just barely touch it when a strong wind blows, take the time to trim them away from the roof. The constant rubbing can take years off your roof’s longevity. You also need to trim away any limbs that grew faster than you expected and are almost touching the roof.
While just a few leaves are usually not a problem, leaves will accumulate over time resulting in possible roof damage if not taken care immediately. Moisture can get trapped when leaves build up causing your roof to rot. The weight of the leaves can also cause roof damage. Use a rake or air blower and carefully remove the leaves from the roof surface.
If your house is shaded by trees, there is a good chance there could be moss growth on your roof. If you discover you have moss, you will need to remove it carefully to avoid roof damage. Moss tends to grab on to surfaces tightly and removed the wrong way, you could wind up loosening roof shingles. First take a spray bottle and fill it with 50% Bleach and 50% water. Spray the moss and let sit for 24 hours. The next day, the moss should be dead and loose enough to sweep away with a broom. Lightly sweeping the moss away will help avoid hurting the structure of the shingles. To prevent further moss growth, nail copper zinc or copper strips to the roofs ridgeline. When rain washes across the strips, it will stop the moss from growing.
If you see any discoloration on your roof, chances are it is mold. Get a hand pumped sprayer, mix 50% bleach and 50% water. Add some tri-sodium phosphate to the mixture according to the manufacturer’s directions. Spray the area well while wearing protective clothing. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes and then wash it off with a water hose.
Now that you are done cleaning your roof, make sure that your gutters are firmly in place and drain away from your house. Gutters that are not attached properly can cause water to seep up under the roof causing damage. Improperly installed gutters or poor drainage can also damage your home’s foundation and cause basements and other underground areas to leak.
While you are up on the roof, make sure to check for any roof damage. Look for missing shingles or ones that are no longer firmly attached. Make sure that the roof’s flashing is firmly in place around pipes, vents and the chimney so that water cannot seep through. If you find damage, then call a roofing contractor in Longwood, Dehlinger Construction at (407) 636-9322 to get a free estimate.