Make Your Roof Last: Top Maintenance Tips to Keep in Mind
Many homeowners often neglect their roofs, forgetting that these structures also need care and attention. When the rainy, stormy season comes, and your roof has not received the care it needs, prepare for leaks all over the house.
To prevent such incidents from happening, and to ensure the maximum lifespan of your roof, take care of your roof like it was your treasure. Regular maintenance should be a priority.
Schedule an appointment with your roofing contractor at least once a year, or more frequently, if you wish. Working with a professional ensures that you’ll get the best service, particularly in skills and expertise. Likewise, a roofing contractor has all the equipment necessary to get the job done. These professionals also have roofing liability insurance, so on-the-job safety and protection are also guaranteed.
Even if you have scheduled annual inspections, your responsibilities are not done. You still have to check on your roof regularly throughout the year. You only have to know what to do, what to pay attention to, and where to look. Here are some tips and suggestions.
Visual inspection two times a year
First on your list of things to do is inspect your roof and its surroundings at least twice a year. The best times to do so would be in the spring and fall. Pay extra attention to the following:
- Broken or sagging gutters
- Missing or lifting shingles
- Loose flashing (the metal edging at the edge of the roofline and around windows)
- Exposed or missing fasteners
- Drip edge (damaged)
- Piles of shingle grit (asphalt shingles only)
If you see any of these issues, it’s time to call the roofing contractor.
Regularly clean your roof
Clean your roof as regularly as possible so that it’s free of branches, leaves, and debris. If these elements are left piled up on your roof, damage and leaks are inevitable. Clean them off with a garden hose. Do the cleaning more frequently in the fall and when the rains start coming.
Don’t forget to check areas such as the chimney (or the areas around it), skylights, and pipes.
Don’t use a pressure washer because it can damage roof tiles or shingles.
Pay attention to moss on your roof
If you see something foreign-looking growing on your roof, that’s probably moss. If you leave this organic matter unattended, your roof will rot in those spots in no time. These unsightly elements will also spread to other parts of your roof, thereby causing more damage and problems.
A water and bleach spray solution will help remove moss and mildew from your roof.
Trim the trees when needed
Trees are good because they provide shade; however, when they grow too tall and hover over your roof, they can become a problem. If tree limbs fall on your roof, these could create problems such as gutter and tile/shingle damage and even holes.
Trimming your trees will help prevent leaves and branches from falling on your roof.
Be sure to inspect your trees and roof after a storm.
Check your attic (if you have one)
Wondering what your attic has to do with roof health? The attic is one of the areas in your house that helps warn you of problems. For example, if you look up and see the sunlight coming in, that’s an obvious sign that your roof has holes. These holes could lead to interior water damage, mold, and more.
Check your attic at least three times a year.
Protect your roof from animals
Small animals like chipmunks, raccoons, and squirrels love staying on roofs because they can shelter under the eaves. Some may outstay their welcome by making holes or squeezing into gaps in the roofline. If left unattended, situations like this will lead to bigger problems.
Check your roof for rust
Check your roof’s flashing and other metallic parts to ensure that there is no rust or corrosion.
Use a wire brush to remove the rust, then seal and protect the metal with primer and paint.
The minute you find signs of roof problems, call your roofing contractor or provider. Addressing the issues right away will prevent them from getting bigger and further damaging your roofing and home interior. Don’t forget to inspect your roof regularly.
About the author: Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC, an Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.