A red, orange, and brown brick house with white trim and gutters. Photo by Zane Lee on Unsplash.

Ah, Springtime. The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining after months of cloudy or snowy weather. With spring, of course, comes spring cleaning, and although it’s an often overlooked area, that includes cleaning the roof.

To help you get a kickstart on your spring cleaning, we’ve put together a short guide for how you can maximize your roof cleaning and get everything in tip-top shape before the Arizona heat hits.

Step #1: Gutters

First thing’s first: get a ladder and get up to those gutters. The winter months are the perfect time for leaves, gunk, and other debris to pile up in the neglected gutters. Now that the sun is out and the pipelines are thawing, you’ll want to clear out the gutters of all last season’s not-so-welcome greetings.

Step #2: Trim Trees and Branches

Once you’re finished clearing out the gutters, the next step is to prevent it from getting clogged up again. You can help your gutters stay free of debris by trimming back the trees and branches near your roof. Not only will this keep the gutters clear, but it lessens the likelihood that a broken branch will fall onto your roof and damage the shingles or tiles.

Step #3: Wash Away the Muck

It’s not something most homeowners often think about, but the roof definitely gets dusty and grimey. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get out a hose or power washer and get to dousing the roof. Just be careful not to use too high of a water pressure or leave too much residual moisture, as the former could destroy roofing materials, while the latter could lead to plant and moss growth.

Step #4: Remove Plants and Moss

Speaking of moisture buildup, that is precisely what causes the growth of plants like algae and moss on the roof. This might not sound like a big deal, but it is—these organisms hold onto water, which then leaks into the structure of your roof, potentially causing external and internal damage to your home.

Wood is especially prone to moisture buildup and rotting, so if your roof is partially or fully composed of this material, keep an eye out!

Step #5: Search For Signs of Damage

Once you’ve washed and scrubbed away all the dust and dirt of the previous season, there’s one step left on your roof cleaning checklist: searching for signs of wear and tear.

This is probably the most important step of a roof review, since any signs of curling shingles or cracked tiles can be an indicator that your roof needs repairs or a replacement. Although it’s not something anyone wants to deal with, it’s natural for roofing to wear down over time, so these maintenance acts are unavoidable no matter what kind of roof is on your home.

This spring, as you complete your cleaning routine, be sure to keep an eye out for indicators of an aging or damaged roof, including cracks, mold, dangling shingles, or loose tiles.

For more information on the best ways to take care of your roof and keep it springtime-clean regardless of the season, please contact Express Roofing today!