As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it’s time to refocus on roofing maintenance to ensure that the winter elements haven’t caused any damage or issues that could compromise performance. In addition to inspecting both before and after every winter, it’s also crucial that the individual overseeing your roof’s inspection is trained and has experience identifying potential problems. If possible, call the same contractor that installed the roof as they’ll likely have the most in-depth understanding of your building’s intricacies. Look for missing, damaged or curling shingles and any other signs of wear and tear. It's easy and inexpensive to replace one or two shingles, or to hire someone to do it for you. Check for signs of fungus or algae. If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, install zinc or lead control strips. Inspect metal areas for rust. If it's present, wire brush the rust, then prime and paint the metal. Examine the flashing to make sure it's solid. If not, remove all of the old caulk and scrub the area clean before resealing. Seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimneys, if it appears to be deteriorating.
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