Roof Maintenance Tips

5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips


5 Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

Spring time often brings cleaning and yardwork to the top of your to-do list. One of the most important areas for outdoor maintenance in your home is also one of the most frequently forgotten: your roof!

As your roof recovers form winter snow and ice and prepares for spring thunder and wind, make sure to give it the TLC it deserves. Here are 5 spring roof maintenance tips recommended by our team of expert roofers at Lathrop Contracting.


  1. Clean your gutters.

Throughout the winter, debris tends to build up in your gutters and downspouts. If leaves, twigs, or dirt are clogging up your gutters, they won’t be able to do their job properly when the next spring rainstorm rolls around.

Thoroughly clean out your gutters with a special gutter scoop so that you won’t damage them in the process. Spread out a tarp on the lawn below to collect the debris as it falls.

  1. Inspect your shingles.

Check for any shingles that are missing, curling, or worn down. If you aren’t comfortable getting up on your roof, you can do a partial visual inspection from the ground. If you are comfortable checking your roof, make sure to use a sturdy ladder and bring a buddy along for safety.

Look for any shingles with cracks, curled edges, or loose nails. If you notice large areas of damaged shingles, it may be time for a roof repair or replacement this spring.

  1. Check for mold or algae.

Since moisture can collect on your roof throughout the winter, it is pretty common to find some mold or algae growth. While you are inspecting your shingles, be on the lookout for these pests. There are DIY treatment options for mold removal on your roof, but talk to a professional roofer before you start pouring any chemicals up there.

  1. Document any damage.

If you notice missing or broken shingles, damaged soffit or fascia, mold growth, or any other roof problems, document them with photos. Your home insurance will probably cover some roof damage, especially after a storm. But first you need to provide evidence of the extent of the damage.

  1. Schedule a professional inspection.

If you notice anything amiss on top of your roof, (or even if you don’t), provide yourself with peace of mind by scheduling a professional roof inspection. A licensed and experienced roofer will be able to help you determine the extent of your roof damage and whether it needs a simple patch, an involved repair, or a total replacement. Your roof protects your attic and home interior, so it is worth the investment to make sure it can keep moisture out of your home properly.

We hope these spring roof maintenance tips help you prepare for the new season!

Assessing your roof and inspecting it for damage or moisture will help keep it in top shape for years to come. Looking for help with your roof maintenance or inspection? Call Lathrop Contracting today!

Do you need to schedule a roof inspection or repair for your Indianapolis area home this spring? Our team at Lathrop Contracting can help! Give us a call at 317-783-6929.


Ice & Water Shield



If your house was damaged in the hail storms we have had this year, give us a call for a free Hail Damage Inspection. Here are some shots of a roof we are currently putting on over on the East Side of Indianapolis. Ice & Water shield is installed on all the eaves and valleys. Drip Edge and gutter apron is used to put a stop to those Indiana wind driven rains. Synthetic felt to add an extra layer of protection from our severe storms. Give Lathrop Contracting the chance to show you how to protect your home.

Roofing done right

Lathrop Contracting does roofing RIGHT!  Ice and water shield in the valleys and on the gutter line.  Synthetic felt on these steep pitched beauties.  No staples ever used in the roofing process.  All old roofing nails removed prior to installing new roof.  We specialize in storm damage and residential roofing needs.

Hail Damage to your roof in Carmel

Another quality Lathrop Contracting roof being installed in Carmel today. Stay tuned for various stages of install. On this post, the roof is being removed, Ice & Water Shield is being applied to the valleys and gutter lines and synthetic felt is being installed as a vapor barrier with plastic caps. No staples are ever used in our installation.

Indianapolis Storm Damage Repair

100 year-old tree wreaked havoc on historic home

A hundred plus year-old tree fell on this historic house in Irvington.  The tree caused damage to the roof. trim. crown molding, concrete and wrought iron fencing.  All of the front fascia and soffits were replaced with primed cedar and new crown molding.  The wood awnings were completely rebuilt from scratch and a new roof was put on.  The entire concrete porch was completely jackhammered to remove it so a new concrete porch could be poured.  New wrought iron fencing was custom made to install on the porch and was built to code.


What You Can Do to Prevent Roof Damage From Trees

  1. Trim the tree: Trim all tree branches that are too close to the roof. It is best to ask an arborist to remove overhanging branches, as they will be able to protect your roof as they work. Or you can use the same strategies you’d use to protect your home and garden during a roof installation. Also, if you find that you need to prune more than 25 percent of the tree, it may be better to remove the tree entirely. A tree that has experienced such an extreme pruning is likely to die and fall over.
  2. Prune young trees: You can use pruning to control tree growth. You may prune young trees so that they only develop strong crotches (the junction between the branch and trunk), which are less likely to break off in storms.
  3. Clean up debris: Remove tree debris from the roof and the gutters as soon after it has fallen as you can. If you have a tree that drops debris all year, such as a pine tree, you will need to clean the gutters and roof every few months.
  4. Cut down unstable trees: Trees that are unstable or seriously ill should be cut down quickly before they have the chance to fall onto your roof. However, first check with your local city bylaws and your arborist. Some tree species are protected and cannot be cut down. Other areas prohibit removing trees with a certain trunk diameter.