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Spring Cleaning Your Roof: 5 Simple Tricks to Make Your Old Roof Look Younger

Friday, April 14th, 2017

As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outdoors, it’s time to evaluate how our hone has weathered the cold months. It’s probably in need of some spring cleaning to get it looking spiffy from all angle. Your roof is a big part of first impressions, highly visible to homebuyers and friends alike. If you have an old roof that you worry is dragging down the appearance of your home, this is the perfect time to do something about it. Here are five tips to help make your roof look younger and better this spring!

1. Clean Away Debris

Gutters full of needles and shingles covered with leaves don’t impress anyone. Underneath that winter layer of debris, you have a roof that deserves to be seen! Clean out your gutters, and carefully sweep leaves and other debris off of your roof. If there’s a lot of dust and dirt, consider a professional roof cleaning. Remember that climbing all over your roof can do damage to vulnerable shingles (and create safety risks) unless you know what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Algae and Mildew

In wetter climates, rooftops can get gradually overgrown with dark algae, mildew, and moss – especially older roofs surrounded by trees. These unsightly growths hurt your shingles and make your roof look ugly – but removing them is a great spring cleaning project. A gentle wash with a water/bleach mixture can temporally remove algae, but we suggest copper or zinc installations to help prevent long-term problems.

3. Install New Gutters

Gutters are one of the most visible parts of your roof. Old, sagging or crooked gutters can give a very poor impression. Fortunately, they can be repaired, repainted and replaced! Replacing gutters can be a very effective “facelift” for your house. Upgrading to copper gutters or more stylish designs can make a roof look younger (while also doing a better job of draining water). Even a smaller project, like replacing downspouts with more modern chains, can make a difference.

4. Repairing Edges and Eaves

When people get close to your house, they immediately notice the edges of your roof and your eaves. When tackling spring cleaning, think about how these edges appear. Are there frayed and uneven shingle edges? Is paint starting to fleck off your eaves? During spring cleaning, replace problematic shingles and repair your eaves so that your roof looks even and fresh! If your flashing is crooked or rusting, it’s a good idea to have it replaced as well. Generally speaking, nothing about your roof edges should look crooked or out of place.

5. Replace Shingles with Better Colors

Nothing makes a roof look out of place like the wrong shingle colors. If your shingles have faded over time or never looked quite right, think about a larger replacement project to find the shingle shade that will really make your home shine. Findlay Roofing can help you find the right shingle colors to bring out the palette of your house and get it ready to greet family and friends this spring.

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Winter Weather Forecast: What to Do to Prepare

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Winter weather can be particularly hard on your roof and siding. Make sure that your roof is in tip-top shape this season… and that your house is prepared to deal with the unique problems winter causes.

Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation seems like a weird place to start, however, during winter your house is usually sealed up tight. This causes a lot of moisture to gather in the regions of your attic. If that water vapor cannot escape, it will start to condense on your attic walls. Before long you’ll have moisture damage that is very bad for your roof structure.

The key to preventing this condensation is to have a properly vented attic. Make sure your vents are opened and not blocked by any debris. If you don’t have any attic vents or if you start to notice condensation problems, contact a professional for an inspection and advice.

Roof Materials

If your roof has weak or worn materials, winter will exploit them. A site inspection can go a long way at this point. Climb up (safely!) to your roof and inspect the shingles and flashing. Are your shingles or tiles old and worn? They could fall victim to a winter weather storm. Is your flashing rusted, bent, or cracked? That’s a leak waiting to happen during the next rainstorm. Get worn down or missing pieces of your roof fixed now so you won’t have to worry about serious repairs later.

Siding Check

Siding, fortunately, is less complex than roofing. However, you should still do a site check to make sure that all of your siding is free of damage. Siding cracks and loose siding are major signs that there’s a problem, as powerful winter winds can rip siding off and cause major damage.

Seals and Weatherproofing

Atlanta gets a lot of precipitation in the winter. If temperatures drop low enough for water to go through a freeze or melt cycle on your roof—you could be faced with a long-term moisture attack. If you want to stop this moisture from causing leaks, your sealant needs to be solid. Check the caulking around your roof, windows, and other areas. Look for missing pieces or worn-out sections. Re-caulk or reseal if necessary.

Clearing Debris and Branches

Winter weather can introduce a lot of new debris to your roof, but it’s the old debris you need to watch out for first. Dirt, needles, and leaves can all create moisture traps that cause flooding and trapped water. This can lead to moisture damage. Clean out your gutters and the valleys of your roof when getting ready for winter.

This is also a smart time to check any surrounding trees and shrubs in your yard. Is there dead growth? Cut it back before a windstorm turns those branches into missiles. Likewise, cut back any overhanging branches or shrubs that are getting too friendly with your siding.

For further help, enlist the guidance of the professionals at Findlay Roofing.

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