It’s highly likely that if you’ve owned your home for a long time, you’re going to have to repair your roof. That can be costly. You want to ensure that once you replace your roof you keep it lasting for as long as you can.
Following best practices for roof care will lead to proper roof maintenance. They’ll help you to either limit roofing problems or completely avoid them. Here are four recommendations to help you properly care for and maintain your roof.
1. Do Routine Inspection And Maintenance
You should inspect your roof at least once a month. However, like the average person, you’re going to miss any underlying problems that are not readily visible.
The key is to hire a roofing contractor at least once per year to do an in-depth and professional inspection. They will catch anything that you might miss.
The more frequently you do maintenance, the less you’ll have to repair your roof.
2. Prevent Things From Gathering On Your Roof
Don’t let debris rot on your roof for too long. Clean your gutters and downspouts routinely.
Water will damage building materials that easily absorb it. Ensure that you prevent water from gathering on your roof by cleaning it regularly. Also, get rid of moss and algae as they trap moisture and may create a breeding ground for insects.
3. Let the Professionals Do The Repairs
Never consider DIY roof repairs unless you have been properly trained or have someone that is trained working with you.
If you are not trained or have help, let qualified professionals do the work. Otherwise, you may end up doing more harm than good.
Your roof maintenance will depend on your type of roof. If you have shingles that are extremely old you might have peeling and curling problems. If you see shingles granules in your gutter, inspect your attic’s ceiling surface, as you may need to replace your roof.
Seeing stains on your ceiling surface could signify that water or moisture is seeping through. It’s likely that there’ll be algae, moss, and fungus very soon. The best step at this point is to call a professional to clean your roof.
4. Roof Maintenance Means Trimming Trees
Trim trees regularly especially branches that are close to your roof. This way you prevent them from scratching your roof and stop twigs from falling into your gutters.
If you live in an area that is prone to high winds especially during winter, trimming trees can save your roof.
A Final Look At Maintaining Your Roof
Roof maintenance and proper care is the way to keep your roof beautiful and long-lasting. Make sure that you trim trees that are hanging over your roof, carry out routine inspections and maintenance where necessary.
Remove debris from your roof and let professionals do repairs. If you would like to schedule a roof inspection or repair, please contact us.