Ways to Maintain Your Roof
Roof replacement or repairs can be quite costly. Taking some time every few months to inspect your roof may help you spot roof maintenance needs that’ll help prevent expensive repairs in the future. It’s also critical to regularly go through your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure that it covers serious roof damage.
Consider these maintenance tips to make your roof last longer. If it’s unsafe to do these maintenance procedures on your own, hire a professional.
Examine your roof
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Carefully scan your roof to spot any signs of damage, discoloration or warping. Spray some water on the roof and identify problem areas by noting down where water accumulates. In addition, immediately check for damaged or missing shingles, spots where there’s actual lifting of the roof as well as where there is visible bubbling.
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Prevent trees from growing too close
Trees may cause lots of problems for almost any roof. Overhanging trees can have falling branches that could break or puncture shingles; falling leaves may block gutter systems, leading to water getting into the attic or living areas; and leaning branches could gouge or scratch roof materials as wind blows. If there are trees near your house, trim them away from the roof immediately.
Get rid of mold and moss
Mold and moss can cause significant damage to a roof, so it’s critical to clear them immediately. When removing mold or moss, don’t use a power washer as the pressure can damage the protective layers of shingles. Instead, pour some moss removal solution on the roof and sweep the debris off.
Clean the gutters and downspouts
It’s recommended that you clean your gutters after every 6-12 months. Also clean the downspout’s entrance and exit. Flush some water down the gutters and downspouts to check for proper drainage and that it’s away from the foundation.
Look after sealants and flashing
The metal strip that connects your roof to the chimney or skylights is called flashing. The wind and weather can make the flashing loose, resulting in mold as well as water damage. Check for loose flashing and make it tighter. Similarly, check for any signs of cracked or weak caulking. Get rid of old caulking, scrape off the area and apply some fresh sealant.
A thick accumulation of snow on your roof can cause it to collapse. If this happens, gently clear the snow off your roof using a snow rake. You can find the rake in many home improvement stores.
If you see any signs of leaking such as mold or dampness in your attic, or dark spots on your ceiling, take action as soon as possible. Leaks are only going to get worse, so you’ll need to take action immediately to avoid expensive repairs in the future.