6 Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring Weather

We're starting to get closer and closer to rain season here in Nashville (or maybe it's already here). Your roof is not only the most important structure on your home, but also the most susceptible to leaking. Many headaches and unexpected expenses can be avoided by simply maintaining your roof. Here are some tips that can help you out before it's too late...

Check your roof

 Start by standing back as far as you can and start looking at your roof. You can use binoculars as well to get a closer look. Check to see if there are any missing shingles. If you feel comfortable doing so, get on your roof. You want to check for any holes, missing shingles, and areas that look like water can get into. But before doing any of this, safety first!

Check your attic

The next thing you want to do is check your attic (if possible). You want to look for any areas of water staining on the rafters, plywood, or deck boards. Black/darkened areas could be signs of rot and the roof may have already leaking for quite some time. You also want to look for areas in which sunlight is visible. Those are areas susceptible to leaking.

Replace your pipe boots

Is your roof older than 10 years old? If you said yes, it may be time to replace your pipe vent flashing a.k.a. a pipe boot. Rotted pipe boots (illustrated above) are one of the most common sources of a leak in a home. Applying caulk to this area is only a temporary solution. Either a new boot needs to be installed over the existing one, or the whole thing needs to be replaced.

Replacing a pipe boot is very cost effective. Our handyman repair service can take care of these for you so that you don't have to get up on that roof. How much would a water damage claim cost you if you had to file it with your insurance?

Caulk the wall flashing and valleys

Depending on the style of roof you have, you may have wall flashing and valleys that need to be caulked. In the 6,000+ roofs our project manager Jared has inspected, about 95% of them did not have sealed valleys. During heavy rains with heavy winds, water can get blown underneath the valleys and flashings, creating a temporary leak without causing storm damage. Having these areas regularly maintained will prevent water from entering your home.

Clean the debris off your roof

If your home is conveniently located under trees, chances are you have leaf/debris build up in the valleys and behind the chimney(s). Cleaning off this debris once or twice a year will prevent water from backing up underneath the shingles.

Call Nestive

Our project manager Jared Nunes is a HAAG certified roof inspector with over 7 years of roof inspecting experience. Over the last 7 years, he has inspected over 6,000+ roofs. When in doubt, give Jared a call to schedule a free roof inspection. Jared can advise you of maintenance issues, storm related damages, and repair options in order to make sure you are protecting your investment on the inside of your home by maintaining your investment on the outside of your home.