Summer is here! It’s time for outdoor fun, backyard relaxing and inspecting your roof for damage caused during the winter weather and spring storms. Here’s what to check for to ensure your roof has a long and healthy life:

1) Look for any missing tiles or shingles: Winter weather can cause your shingles to come loose and fall off, leaving the underbelly of your roof completely exposed to the elements. Damaged shingles can leave your roof open to abuse from the sun and heat, rain and high winds, which can also loosen other shingles around any gaps, causing more damage. Check for any spots where shingles are missing or warped, or tiles are cracked or missing. Replacing any missing or damaged tiles and shingles will restore the integrity of your roof and keep the issue from getting worse.

2) Sun Damage: It is important you know the signs of a sun-damaged roof. Look for warped, faded, or obvious signs of deformity to your roof and siding materials. These signs might not be obvious, so it’s a good idea to have regular roof inspections before and after the hottest season if you’re not sure what to look for.

3) Water Damage or Leaks: Water damage is a roof’s worst enemy. If you catch the problem early enough, it can be the difference between a minor repair and a major undertaking. Check the interior of your roof, as well as the outside, for seeping water and missing/broken shingles. Water can enter a house if a shingle is broken, missing, or worn.

4) Summer Storms: With summer come the inevitable thunderstorms and severe weather. Check for and trim loose branches and branches resting on your roof; also look for debris piled on your property that could easily become a projectile in high winds.

5) Check all gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clean of all debris and blockages. This allows your roof to shed away water — Remember that the longer water sits on your roof, the worse the damage can be. Check the area where your gutter attaches to your roof. If it has pulled away from your eaves, it can be a common area for water to enter your home.

6) Do NOT pressure wash your roof. It can remove granules from asphalt shingles, exposing the shingle to the sun’s UV rays and causing the premature aging of your roof.

By simple roof management, you can cut down on the cost of roof repairs and enjoy your summer. If you have any serious damage call your trusted local roofing company for a free consultation.

Spring is a great time to weather proof your home. Warmer weather makes outdoor work more pleasant, there is more daylight, and high winds can trigger drafts throughout the house.

First, check all of the windows for gaps where air can escape or enter. Over time, calking degrades and can come loose. Re-calking now will help keep your energy bill in check before you turn on the air conditioner. Remove any old material and clean well before you apply the calking. If your windows are still drafty after you re-calk, ask a professional for an estimate for weather proofing or energy efficient replacement windows. They will pay for themselves in no time.

Look for gaps around exterior doors. Weather stripping can also degrade and break down over time. Before applying the adhesive striping, make sure to remove all of the old material and make sure the surface is very clean and dry for best results. Measure the door jam and the door to insure you are getting the correct width and length. Also measure any gaps to make sure you are getting the correct thickness.

While you are at it, check your electric outlets for air leaks. Installing foam outlet gaskets will help. These are inexpensive and easy to install.

Spring is also the perfect time to inspect your attic and roof. Winter weather can cause loose shingles, gutters and downspouts. Cold weather also brings damage caused by animals looking for a warm place to nest. If you see any winter wear and tear, call a trusted local professional contractor who can give you an estimate.