How to Take Care of Your Roof So That It Outlives Its LifespanApr 25, 2018
Your roof in an important part of your home. Think of it as your first line of protection against the elements. It also amounts to a costly investment. In consequence, your roof requires particular care to ensure it stays in top condition so that it does not disappoint you when you need it the most. Below are helpful tips for you to take care of your roof all year round.
Regularly Check for Indications of Roof Problems
The first tip we offer will cost you $0. All you need to do is just look at your roof. You can be able to know a lot about your roof by simply performing a visual inspection every once a month. This helps you in identifying the problems early, thus all you need to do are small fixes instead of large renovations.
To do this, go up to the attic and inspect the roof’s underside to detect any indication of water drips, stains or algae growth. Next, go outside and walk round the perimeter of your house, checking for problems on the roof itself.
Roof Problems to Watch Out for
- Obvious patches or cracks
- Bare spots
- Accumulated shingle granules (they look like sand)
- Cracked or missing shingles
- Loose or missing edge
- Valley and chimney flashing
- Detached gutters and downspouts
All these signs may need immediate attention.
Schedule an Annual Inspection by an Experienced Professional
It is always a good idea to have a pair of experienced eye climb the ladder and do a thorough and professional inspection of your roof. This can be done every once a year. You should focus on a roofer that is insured, licensed and trusted for quality service. A local dependable roofer may offer free inspection to homeowners from around the area. An experienced roofing contractor will be able to spot emerging problems if any. They can also estimate the lifespan of your roof and advice you how to take care of it. Ensure you cultivate a good collaborative relationship with such a trusted roofer to ensure they come out quickly when you are in urgent need of assistance.
Keep an Active Maintenance Routine
One of the best ways to take care of your roof is to keep an active maintenance schedule and follow through with it. This may be done once every six months. The main goal of roof maintenance is preventing damage by making sure that moisture can effortlessly travel away from the roof.
You should sweep the roof’s surface of any debris and power wash spots showing signs of moss growth.
Trim Back Overhanging Trees
You might consider hiring a professional to trim back tall adjacent trees that are overhanging your roof. Ensure that overhanging branches are at least 10 feet away from your home. This will guarantee:
- There is less risk of storm damage by falling limbs
- Your shingles stay free of being gnawed by rodents
- There is less buildup of leaves, pine needles and other debris
Keep Your Gutters in Good Repair
Make an effort to regularly clean your gutters and confirm that they are firmly and securely attached. Keep them (the gutters) in good repair to safeguard you home. Gutters that are clogged with debris or in poor condition eventually result in roof decking decay and even moisture damage to the attic and exterior wall. This is due to the water let back up under the shingles from ice dams that form along the roof edge.
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