With spring comes warm weather, which means you can spend more time outdoors. When you go outside after all the snow has cleared away, you may seem some things you need to change. Below are two things you should consider doing.
Your Asphalt Roof
If you have not changed your roof in some time, the winter weather likely took a toll on it. This is especially true if the roof had any kind of problems, such as loose shingles or missing shingles, before the snow arrived. Now is the time when you need to do a thorough inspection to look for problems.
Ask a friend to help you, as you should never climb up on a roof while you are alone. Once you are on the roof, look at the shingles closely. If you see a few that have come loose, you can use roofing nails to tighten them back down again. If there are several shingles that are loose or several that look very damaged, this work would require a roofing contractor because they would have to replace the damaged section of the roof.
Look at the gutters to ensure they are still securely intact. Look inside the gutters for debris that may have built up over the winter. If so, use a hand shovel or a garden hose to clear out the debris. Look for granules from your shingles in the gutter. A few granules are normal, but if you see an abundance of them, your asphalt shingles are wearing out.
The roofing contractor may suggest you replace your entire roof if there is a lot of damage. This will save you a lot of time, as well as money, in the long run. For more info, contact a roofing contractor at a company like Darnell Construction.
Winter can also be hard on your landscaping. Because this is the first thing people see when they pass by or pull into your driveway, you need to take time to get things back in order again. First, if you had any perennial flowers that you did not cut down in the fall, now is the time to do this. Cut them down to about three to four inches above the soil. You will be amazed at how fast they will grow and give you healthy, beautiful flowers.
Clean out your flower beds to remove all debris that may have gathered there during the winter. If you have perennials already planted, now is a good time to add mulch to the flower bed to keep weeds out and help your flowers retain moisture.
If you have patio furniture that you have had in storage, bring them out and give them a good washing. How you do this depends on the materials they are made from, so do your research. For example, if you have plastic patio furniture, you can simply wipe them down with some soap and water.
These two tips are to help you get started with your outdoor chores this spring.