Spring Cleaning: Roofs, Gutters & Siding

With the arrival of spring, homeowners are jumping into action as they attempt to clean every inch of their homes. When it comes to spring cleaning, most people focus on decluttering their homes and garages, but don’t forget about your roof, your gutters and your siding.

now that it's spring, it's time to do some spring cleaning with your roof and gutter system

A Quick Home Inspection Checklist

  • After the long winter months of rain and wind, the roof and gutters are going to be full of debris. If left unattended, all that debris can clog your gutters resulting in damage to your roof or siding. Remove any debris from the roof, while also clearing the gutters of possible leaves, sticks, nests, etc.
  • Once your roof and gutters are clear, you need to make sure all the gutters are still properly attached — and re-adjust any that are not.
  • Look for any loose or missing shingles, or any that are curling up or splitting — and check the condition of the chimney and its flashing while you’re up there.
  • Inspect your siding and give it a good power washing if it’s made from vinyl or fiber cement. Dirt, mud, pollen, and road salt can easily build up on the siding of your home.
  • With all of the shoveling and freezing temperatures, your driveway might have sustained some damage recently. If any cracks emerged or small pieces went missing, fill them with the appropriate material.
  • Make sure there are no holes or loose edges in any of the windows or door screens where bugs could break through during spring and summer.

Roof Cleaning Guide

Step 1: Make sure the weather is suitable for cleaning; a cool and cloudy day. Pour a mixture of hot water, detergent, and bleach into a bucket. Transfer the contents of the bucket into a sprayer so you can evenly distribute the solution onto the roof shingles.

Step 2: Clean your roof section by section, starting from the bottom and moving upwards. Apply the cleaning solution to each section and let it soak in for roughly 15 minutes.

Step 3: After the 15 minutes is up, grab a scrubbing broom and begin scrubbing that section of the roof. If the roof starts to dry before you begin scrubbing, spray more of the cleaning solution on that section.

Step 4: Take your garden hose or power washer and spray the newly cleaned section of the roof until all of the cleaning solution has been washed away.

Step 5: Repeat this entire process until the entire roof has been fully cleaned. You may need to scrub each section more than once if there is an unusual amount of roof stains, moss, or bird droppings.

Gutter Cleaning Guide

Ready for the Rain
Precipitation is plentiful during the spring months, which is why you need to make sure your gutters are prepared for the coming weeks. If your gutter system isn’t properly installed and maintained throughout the year, your home could be at risk for damage each and every time it rains. To ready your home for the rainy season, make sure you clear them of any debris and make sure they are structurally sound.

Leftover Leaves
For those who didn’t take the time to clean their gutters before winter, do so now. Any leaves or debris sitting in the gutters will impede the flow of rainfall, which can lead to roof leaks and property flooding. Grab a small bucket and your trusty ladder, climb up to where your gutters hang, and begin removing everything that sits within the gutters.

Sound Structure and Slope
Now that all of the gunk has been removed from the gutters, take a few minutes to inspect the overall structure. Are there any holes or cracks? If there is any damage or gaps affecting the draining of water, the appropriate repairs will need to be made. Is there a proper amount of slope moving toward the downspout? If not, the gutters will need to be adjusted so there is no chance of water pooling.

Vinyl Siding Cleaning Guide

Minimal Maintenance
Vinyl siding is the one siding material that needs minimal maintenance compared to all of the others. However, like all siding, it is susceptible to the accumulation of dirt, pollen, animal feces, and anything else that it comes into contact with. Siding can eventually start to give off a grimy and stained look so it’s best to give it a good cleaning each year.

Cleaning Materials:
– Large bucket
– Garden hose or power washer
– Long-handled, soft bristle brush
– Oxygen bleach or white vinegar

  • For an effective cleaner that will help remove stains and a slight amount of mold, create a mixture of one part white vinegar and three parts water. This solution will also work wonders on all other surfaces around the house.
  • If you would like a cleaner that packs more of a punch, pour one cup of oxygen bleach into one gallon of water. This will help rid your siding of stains without damaging your landscaping like other cleaners and detergents would.
  • Pressure washers are effective at cleaning siding, but this may not be the best choice for vinyl siding. Too powerful of a washer can damage the siding or force water behind it, eventually causing mold and mildew.
  • Scrub your home using the long-handled, soft-bristled brush from bottom to top. Keep the garden hose handy so you can wash the cleaning solution off as you scrub.

We have certified installers of all major manufacturers of roofing and siding products (fully insured and licensed). We offer a list of services that are important to keeping your home safe and in good working order. Don’t hesitate to give the pros at Preferred Exterior a call today for your roofing or siding needs!

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