March To-Do #1: Inspect and Repair Roof

Spring is almost here, and this month’s home maintenance to-do list includes lots of opportunities to be outside in the fresh air.

A change of seasons always necessitates a few special chores, and spring is also a great time to tackle some annual tasks that shouldn’t be forgotten. From roof repair to foundation drainage, these chores will get your home in shape from top to bottom.

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To-Do #1: Inspect and Repair Roof

Once all the snow and ice have melted, it’s important to inspect your roof thoroughly for damaged shingles and leaks, especially if your home developed ice dams over the winter.

If you can access your attic, check underneath your roof during or just after a heavy rain for signs of damp spots or drips. Pay particular attention to chimneys, where leaks around the flashing are common.

Next, inspect your roof from the outside, either using a ladder to climb up on the roof or with binoculars from the ground. If you’re on the roof, sweep away any leaves and debris to prevent water buildup and to get a better look at the condition of your roof.

Examine your shingles closely to see if any are missing or loose. You can do basic DIY roof repairs yourself, or hire a roofing contractor to do them for you.

Inspect your chimney for loose or damaged flashing and missing mortar. Seal small cracks where the flashing meets the chimney with masonry caulk, and repair and reattach loose flashing with masonry nails or screws covered with roofing cement.