Johnson Roofing Strongly Advises Seattle Residents to Consider Spring Inspections and Cleaning Following Extreme Winter

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Seattle area roofer offers a checklist for homeowners concerned about the health of their tiles, gutters and downspouts after an unusually snowy Pacific Northwest winter.

Wet winter and spring months in the Pacific Northwest usually blur together into a consistently grey and rainy season. This year however, the Seattle metro area was treated to distinctly winter-like conditions for a couple of weeks, and the experts at Johnson Roofing, a Seattle roofing company, are ready for it.

Many believe that fall is the crucial season for inspecting and cleaning roof tiles, downspouts and gutters because of falling leaves and the impending wet weather.
This is no less true in spring, particularly after a prolonged period of cold and snowy weather.

Instead of leaves we find that blossoms and other fallen debris can cause problems if not removed. Gutters and downspouts can also be damaged from heavy snow and ice buildup, hampering their ability to move water safely away from the house's foundation.

That is why it's important to thoroughly inspect and clean your roof before serious problems occur and this checklist from Johnson Roofing should help:

First Things First, Ladder Inspection
To inspect your roof, unless you live underground, you're going to need a ladder. It is important to make sure that while the ladder was stored no damage came to it. Check its structural integrity carefully by inspecting rungs and joints. And don't forget when positioning the ladder to stay away from water-logged soil.

Look For Tile Damage
The cold and snowy weather could have done a number on your tiles. Extra weight on tree limbs and branches surely brought some of them down, with the ones positioned over your roof being the chief concern. Not only can the impact of falling cause damage but the accumulation of branches, snow and ice can pool water into areas not equipped to deal with large amounts of moisture. Check entire roof for missing or loose tiles.

Sweep off Debris and Moss
Not all roofs are designed to be walked on, but common composite tiles are tough and resilient. As long as your roof isn't too pitched, wait for a dry spell and bust out the broom to sweep off debris from trees, tiles and moss. But be careful to keep fall just a season that is several months away. Oh, and stay away from pressure washers...they can actually damage your roof.

Clear Debris from Gutters and Downspout Openings
Some of the smaller debris has surely found its way into your gutters and downspouts. Carefully clear it out so water can be directed away from your house. Bring a bag up with you for debris because dropping it on the ground creates another unnecessary step.

Flush Downspouts and Gutters
Run a hose up and flush out the gutter system. It will take more pressure clearing out downspouts, so feed the hose into the opening. When clearing gutters, be sure to notice if water pools. It may suggest damage to the gutter resulting in an inability to use gravity to move water. Ice and snow buildup can bend gutters easily and change their specifically designed angle.

If you find any damage, be sure you contact a trusted Seattle roofer for repairs, preferably one with lots of experience, good reviews and some kind of warranty on their work. Johnson Roofing offers a 10 year limited warranty on materials and labor.

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