• Jennifer Makely

Spring Cleaning: Your roof and Gutters

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual deep clean.

Just be sure not to forget your roof and gutters!

Debris Cleanup:

In the fall, debris can build up in your gutters and on your roof. With Chicagoland’s late falls and early freezing temperatures, there’s often the inevitable buildup of additional debris after most people have already had their gutters cleaned. Snow and ice can freeze this in place and make it hard to address until the spring. As the temperatures warm and snow turns to rain, it’s important to make sure your roof and gutters’ drainage pathways are not obstructed. CRC’s experienced repair crews can inspect and clean debris buildup from the roof, gutters and downspouts. We will also provide you with a comprehensive system inspection, to identify any maintenance items that should be addressed. This will help avoid costly damage to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Moss and Fungus:

Moss and fungus growth are common in this area, particularly on Cedar roofs. While this usually begins as a fairly benign issue, it can cause serious damage if left untreated. Moss in particular can cause the roof beneath it to rot over time. This can lead to damage that causes leaks. It may even shorten the lifespan of your roof. Removing moss from the roof can be accomplished with a topical cleaner, or power washing, depending on the amount of growth and the age and condition of the roof. But power washing can do more harm than good if done on an older roof, or by an inexperienced contractor. Call CRC to have one of our experienced estimators give you their professional analysis.

Roof Maintenance:

The winter can be hard on your roof, with snow, ice and debris buildup causing damage. The CRC service teams can perform a thorough rooftop inspection of your roof and perform minor repairs on the spot, as well as make specific recommendations to keep your roof in tip top shape.