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.