Preparing For Summer
It’s easy to forget the importance of maintaining rooftops and gutters when you’re looking forward to the carefree days of summer. The cold snow and rain of winter have passed as we transition to warmer, sun-filled days.
With the school year about to end, schedules will shift, vacations will be planned, and BBQs will be enjoyed. Between now and summer, there are five things you can do to prepare for the coming season:
1. Have Your Roof Cleaned
Your roof is your home’s first defense. It is exposed to the elements of all four seasons, and in the process collects everything from dirt, seeds, and twigs to pine needles, leaves, and small branches. If all this debris is left on top of the roof, it will start to act as a cover; collecting moisture and putting your house at risk for moss, mold, and algae.
Special attention should be paid to the valleys and crevices, which are most vulnerable to water collection. Standing water leftover from spring rain not only damages the roof material, but also attracts mosquitoes and other pests.
A quick look at your roof could reveal minor problems that have begun over the winter, which can be repaired before they become major issues. We always inspect the roof while it is being cleaned, and are happy to make recommendations if we believe there are issues that should be addressed by a professional roofer.
2. Have Moss and Algae Removed
Moss and algae grow profusely in the Pacific Northwest, as they thrive in damp and humid conditions. Proper removal of any existing moss or algae is necessary in order to prevent moisture from seeping through cracks and causing extensive rotting. When left untreated, algae and moss can easily eat through roof material and cause dangerous and unsightly damage.
It is a good idea to have a zinc sulfate treatment applied to the roof once it has been cleaned. This not only kills the tiny parts of the plant that hide under shingles, but it also acts to inhibit regrowth.
3. Have Your Gutters and Downspouts Cleaned
The leaves and debris that have collected on your home’s roof will typically accumulate in the gutters, clogging the path for the roof to safely drain. When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, it will eventually create a clog in the downspouts.
Rain water will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim, and siding. The added weight of wet leaves and water can also cause your gutters to pull loose from the anchor point or collapse. Having your gutters cleaned before summer is the best way to ensure that no standing water or debris have been left sitting in your gutter system all season.
4. Have Your Walkways Pressure Washed
All the moss and algae that accumulated over the winter and spring months might not seem like a problem now, but once the sun is shining its light on those little green plants they will being to grow like crazy!
Having your most walk-able surfaces cleaned with a pressure washer will not only keep your property looking cleaner (and newer), but it will take away the dangerous moss and algae that create a safety hazard the next time the weather turns wet.
5. Have Your Windows, Skylights, and Screens Cleaned
Spring is the perfect time to remove and clean the windows that have spent the last few months keeping out the cold. Aside from the aesthetic reasons for having clean windows (goodbye spots, streaks, and grime), it’s always a good idea to see how your windows have fared through the winter.
We’re happy to clean your window screens, inspect them, repair damaged mesh, and reinstall them in your windows. Track cleaning is also offered to help get rid of any dirt, dead insects, or mold that has collected in the sill.
A clean skylight can make a huge difference in the amount of light that’s let into a room, reducing the need for electric lights during the long, sun-drenched days of summer.
While we’re cleaning your windows we look for signs of dry rot, water damage, and mold. We’ll let you know if the seals are intact or if weather stripping is needed, and we’re always happy to offer recommendations for local window professionals if repairs are needed.
D20 Home Services is happy to help you prepare for summer. Contact us today and let us take care of the hard work while you concentrate on what to do with your kids now that school is almost out!