Spring is in the air

March 5, 2009

Every year it seems as though it will never come for us Ohioans. But with a high today of 58 degrees, it seems we have hope that spring is finally on its way. This time of year is popular for spring cleaning and de-cluttering the house. But what about making sure those things on your home maintenance to do list are taken care of? Your roof is one thing that should not be overlooked. You know what they say, “April showers bring May roof leaks.” Ok, that’s not really how the saying goes. But that may be what you’re thinking if you don’t bother to inspect your roof before the spring showers come pouring in.

We’ve created a spring roof check-up list to help make sure your roof is in tip-top condition before the rainy season swings into full effect.
    1. Grab your binoculars an head outside – This can give you an up-close view of your slates, tiles, chimneys, flashings and gutters without climbing up on a ladder.
  • Take a lap – Walking around the perimeter of your property can help you locate any fallen or broken slates you might not have noticed were missing with your binoculars.
  • Respond quickly – If a serious problem, like a leak, does occur, time is of the essence. The sooner you call in to make an inspection appointment with your roofing contractor, the sooner they’ll be able to provide you with an estimate and schedule the work to be done. If the leak is an emergency, crews can be sent to your home to perform an emergency dry-in. This will keep the interior of your home safe and dry, without damanging any of the roofing components, until crews are able to fix the problem completely.

Important note: Proper maintenance is essential to getting the full service life out of your slate or tile roof. With the current state of the economy, you can’t afford to not invest in your home. By performing necessary maintenance today, you will avoid unexpected emergency repairs down the road.

Any tips you’d like to see added to the list?