Roofing Maintenance to Prevent Significant Roofing Repairs

leaking roof

Maintain Your Roof Now to Prevent a Replacement Later

There are multiple types of roofing material available, but the most common roofing material is the asphalt shingle. In almost every instance, the shingles on your roof have a life span of 30 years. They are designed to protect everything beneath the roof, whether it is a member of your family or some tangible item you own, such as your new sectional sofa or an heirloom tea set handed down to you from past generations. A roof made from tile or slate can last even longer.

But if you fail to maintain your roof, then then it could fail to do its job. You could suffer leaks from shingles that blow away or find rodents living in your attic. Here are some tips to help you maintain the roof of your family’s home now to help prevent a whole roof replacement later.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspecting your roof is as easy as going outside and visually looking for limbs, leaves, and other errant items that should not be on the roof or in the gutters. This should be done every time you mow your lawn and after each big storm or period of heavy winds.

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning gutters and downspouts on a regular basis helps direct rainwater away from your home. Clogged gutters are heavy and allow rain and other types of precipitation to collect on the roof of your family’s home. A clogged gutter can cause the soffit, sheathing, or fascia to weaken or even rot away over time.

Look at the Flashing

The flashing covers holes in your roof that were cut out to make room for vents, chimneys, exhaust pipes, and so forth. If the flashing is bent or obtains any kind of a puncture, then it could leak into the attic or whatever room is directly beneath the roof, causing water damage, and possibly mold and mildew.

Remove Stray Branches

Always remove branches and leaves from the roof. If you cannot reach it, then call a professional. You can prevent this from happening by having someone tend the landscaping around your yard and cutting back tree limbs that are in danger of crashing down onto your roof during the next harsh wind storm.

Look for Birds, Bees, and Rodents

No matter how warm and inviting your house is, unless it an animal is your family’s pet you probably do not want it sharing your home. Squirrels and other small mammals, birds, and insects such as carpenter ants or termites love taking up residents in roofs. They get in through damaged areas and then make the existing damage worse.

The last thing you want to do is walk on the surface of the roof. Schedule for a pro to come out and roofing inspection for best results.



Speak Your Mind