What do the Powell Gardens, Kansas City Parade of Homes, and the Kansas City Royals all have in common? Besides being from our great city, they are all things to enjoy in the springtime. Now that the temperatures are warming up, just getting outside and soaking up the sun’s rays is healing! The kids play longer outside, we wave to our neighbors after a long winter, and the sweet tulips emerge.
However, along with the fun and enjoyment of spring, there is work that must be done. What kind of work? Maintenance. Inspections. Repairs. The chilly winter months may have wreaked havoc on your home! It is crucial to inspect, maintain, and repair any damages that may have occurred to your roof over the winter. What are some things to look for? And how can they be solved?
Areas of Damage
For obvious reasons, any damaged areas to your roof need to be addressed quickly. Damaged shingles could be:
- Missing shingles
- Bent or curled shingles
- Loose granules
- Cracked shingles
It is wise to have the areas inspected and repairs made before the warm summer season approaches. Be sure to contact Royal Roofing & Solar in Kansas City for a quick and easy inspection. We will keep you up to date on everything from granule loss and rapid aging to potential leaks and major damages so you can take the necessary steps to take care of your roof.
Take some time and look over your gutter system. This is an important part of your roof, and shouldn’t be neglected. The gutter system is necessary for directing the water safely away from the home and keeping your foundation and siding mold and mildew free. If your gutters are clogged and full of debris, the water cannot flow freely, which can create buildup and areas of deterioration. The fasteners can become rusted, which will create holes in the gutters. (Why you should have gutter guards?)
Here are some questions to ask as you inspect the gutter system.
- Is there debris collecting in the gutters? Make sure to clean them out thoroughly.
- Are the fasteners beginning to rust? This is an indication of future problems, as holes can begin to form from the rusted areas.
- Is the gutter sagging? Perhaps the fasteners have broken off, or the weight of the debris is too heavy for the gutter.
- Is the gutter pulling away from the home? A gutter can cause damage to the side of the roof if not addressed.
- When it rains, does the water drip over the edge? If so, there is a buildup in the gutter which needs to be cleaned out.
Do you notice any areas of discoloration on the ceilings of your attic? Perhaps areas where there was water and it seeped into the ceiling or walls? This is a serious concern as these are indications of water damage, which means there are more serious issues going on with your roof. Water damage can lead to mold, mildew, and rot. Make sure to have these areas addressed and sealed up.
Presence of Animals
Just like we enjoy the beauty of springtime, animals do too! Be sure to look the roof over for evidence of critters making a home. Gutters are an excellent area for nests and animal families. Again, the gutter system should be cleaned of any debris or nests so the water can run freely and the critters can be encouraged to raise their families elsewhere. Dormant chimneys or loose flashings are other areas that animals love to call home.
Take some time to inspect the condition of your roofing system and fix any areas of damage before they become more costly. In fact, give Royal Roofing & Solar in Kansas City a call to do the inspection. We have served the homes of your friends and neighbors since 2016. We know what to look for and how to fix it. Trust us with your roofing concerns in Kansas City, so you can grab your walking shoes, stroll through Kansas City, and soak in the beauty of the springtime blossoms.