Do you want to increase the longevity of your roof? You can do so by making the most out of the following roof maintenance tips.
You might not spend much time thinking about your roof, but proper roof maintenance can benefit your home from top to bottom.
Not only does a well-maintained roof prevent leaks and water damage, but it also improves energy efficiency, boosts your home’s curb appeal, and prevents major damage throughout your home.
Check out these roof tips for proper maintenance.
Keep It Clean
Leaves, bugs, animals, and dirt are just a few of the things that can make your roof dirty. The build-up not only looks bad, but it can also damage the shingles.
Remove roof debris regularly. It’s a good idea to check after a storm for fallen leaves, twigs, and branches.
You can also spray your roof with a hose to wash away dirt and debris.
Don’t forget about your gutters. Built-up leaves and debris stops rainwater and melting snow from flowing freely. That can cause water damage to the fascia or push water under the shingles and cause leaks.
A general recommendation is to clean gutters twice per year. You might need to clean your gutters more often if you live in an area with lots of trees.
Trees that overhang your roof can become a potential hazard. Strong winds can push the branches into the roof and cause damage to shingles. Storms can cause entire branches to break off.
Keep the branches trimmed back away from the roof. This can also reduce how many leaves fall onto your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
Do a visual inspection of your roof at least twice per year. Spring and fall are good times to do this.
Look for any signs of roof damage, such as curled, torn, or missing shingles. Missing granules or lots of granules in your gutters can also be a sign of wear or damage on shingles.
Check the flashing, shingle fasteners, and gutters for damage. Check the roof from below by inspecting it from the attic.
A professional roofing inspection is also a good idea. A professional roofing company might be able to spot damage that you miss or notice early warning signs of a problem.
Check for Insulation and Ventilation
Proper insulation can prevent damage to the roof, especially in the winter. Without adequate insulation, heat from your home melts snow and ice along the shingles. If it refreezes, this can create damaging ice dams.
Ventilation lets heat escape from the attic in the summer. Dissipating the heat can prevent damage to your roof.
Proper ventilation also gets rid of moisture. Too much moisture can cause rotting and damage to your roof.
Make Repairs Quickly
If you notice any damage or issues such as a roof leak, have the repairs done immediately. A professional roofing company can handle the repairs quickly and correctly to avoid future problems.
Ignoring minor roofing problems lets them grow into major issues. A small leak will get worse and could cause major damage to your roof and home interior.
If you handle the problems quickly, you can likely save your roof to get more life out of it.
Follow Regular Roof Maintenance
A regular roof maintenance schedule helps you get more life out of your roofing. Preventative steps help you avoid major issues that care costly and can require a new roof.
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