How to Maintain Your Roof in New Jersey’s Spring Season
Spring is a beautiful time of year in New Jersey, with mild temperatures, blooming flowers, and longer days. However, spring also brings some challenges to your roof, such as rain, wind, moss, and debris. To keep your roof in good condition and protect your home from water damage, here are some additional roof maintenance tips for New Jersey’s spring season.
One of the most important tasks for roof maintenance is to clean your gutters regularly. Gutters are designed to collect water runoff from your shingles and direct it away from your foundation. However, when gutters become clogged with leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris, they can cause water to back up underneath your shingles and overflow onto your siding or brick. This can lead to leaks, mold, rot, and structural damage.
To prevent these problems, you should clean your gutters at least twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. You can use a ladder, gloves, a scoop and a hose to remove the debris and flush out the gutters. Alternatively, you can hire a professional gutter cleaning service to do the job for you.
Limit Moss and Algae Growth
Another common issue for roofs in New Jersey is moss and algae growth. Moss and algae thrive in moist and shady environments, which are common in New Jersey’s climate. Moss absorbs water and can damage shingles by raising their edges and exposing their undersides to water. Algae can leave ugly dark streaks on your roof’s surface. To limit moss and algae growth, you should trim any overhanging branches that create shade on your roof. You should also remove any organic debris that accumulates on your roof, such as leaves and pine needles. You can use a broom or a leaf blower to gently sweep off the debris, but avoid using a tool that would rub the shingles’ surface and dislodge granules. You can also treat moss and algae with a solution of chlorine bleach and water or a commercial product designed for this purpose. However, you should be careful not to damage your shingles or plants with chemicals. You should also wear protective gear and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If your roof is prone to moss or algae growth, you may want to consider installing shingles that have algae resistance protection. For example, Owens Corning® shingles have StreakGuard™ Algae Resistance Protection that uses copper-lined granules from 3M to inhibit algae growth.
Flashing is a metal material that helps create a watertight seal in areas where two roof planes meet or where roof penetrations occur, such as chimneys, vent pipes, or skylights. Flashing is essential for preventing leaks and water damage.
However, flashing can deteriorate over time due to weathering, corrosion, or improper installation. Flashing can also become loose, bent, or cracked due to thermal expansion and contraction or wind damage. To check your flashing, you should find a safe vantage point to view your roof, such as a second-story window or binoculars. If you notice any signs of damage or deterioration on your flashing, such as rust, dents, missing fasteners, or rotting sealant, you should contact a roofing contractor to inspect it further and repair or replace it if necessary.
Beware of Ice Dams
Although spring is usually warmer than winter in New Jersey, there is still a chance of snow and ice on your roof. Snow and ice can cause ice dams, which are ridges of ice that form along the edges of your roof and prevent melted snow from draining off.
Ice dams can cause serious problems for your roof and home. They can damage shingles by lifting them up or breaking them off. They can also cause water to pool on your roof and seep into your attic or walls, causing leaks, mold, and structural damage.
To prevent ice dams, you should make sure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Insulation helps prevent heat transfer from your living spaces to your attic, which can melt the snow on your roof. Ventilation helps remove warm and moist air from your attic and replace it with cool and dry air, which can prevent condensation and ice formation. You should also remove excess snow from your roof after a snowstorm using a roof rake or a snow blower. However, you should be careful not to damage your shingles or injure yourself while doing so. If you already have ice dams on your roof, you should not try to remove them yourself by chipping away at them or using salt or chemicals. This can damage your roof or harm yourself or others.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, as it protects you and your belongings from the elements. To keep your roof in good condition and avoid costly repairs or replacements, you should perform regular maintenance and inspections, especially in the spring season. By following these tips, you can prevent common problems such as leaks, mold, rot, and ice dams. If you need professional help with your roof maintenance or repair, you can contact NJ Best Roofing LLC for a free estimate. We are a licensed and insured roofing contractor with over 20 years of experience in New Jersey. We offer quality workmanship, competitive prices, and customer satisfaction. Call us today at 732-208-6758 or visit our website at www.njbestroofing.com.